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ERIC Number: EJ986302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1449-5554
Challenging Mobile Learning Discourse through Research: Student Perceptions of "Blackboard Mobile Learn" and "iPads"
Kinash, Shelley; Brand, Jeffrey; Mathew, Trishita
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v28 n4 p639-655 2012
Many university academics disagree with the rationale that we should pursue mobile learning because 21st century students are apparently demanding it. We argue that the only defensible rationale for making mobile learning part of pedagogy is because it enhances student learning. This presentation shares results from research with 135 students engaged in mobile learning over two semesters. It addresses the question of whether "Blackboard Mobile Learn" made a perceived difference to their learning. Results revealed that in-class, students used their mobile devices for "Blackboard Mobile Learn" to the same extent as they used them for searching the web for study, accessing university web pages, email and making "Facebook" posts, but less than they used them for browsing the web for pleasure and "Facebook" reading. The majority of students were neutral when asked if they prefer "Mobile Learn" over PC access to "Blackboard". Students were likewise neutral when asked whether they perceived "iPads" to improve their learning. There was higher frequency agreement that using "iPads" motivated them to learn. Qualitative feedback from focus groups was mixed, but largely positive. The overall interpretation was that it is a matter of course that students would access their subject site via mobile devices. (Contains 5 figures.)
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail: info@ascilite.org.au; Web site: http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia