Student perceptions and uses of wireless handheld devices: implications for implementing blended and mobile learning in an Australian university

Gururajan, Raj and Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Danaher, P. A. and De George-Walker, Linda (2011) Student perceptions and uses of wireless handheld devices: implications for implementing blended and mobile learning in an Australian university. In: Models for interdisciplinary mobile learning: delivering information to students. Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States , pp. 231-246. ISBN 978-1-60960-511-7


If the implementation of blended and mobile learning across disciplines is to be maximized, it is important for researchers to understand how students perceive and use wireless handheld devices, in order to build on those current practices and help to facilitate the next level of adoption. To enhance that understanding, this chapter analyzes data from 228 survey questionnaires conducted in October and November 2008. Students were enrolled in two faculties at the authors’ institution. Questions explored students’ views and opinions about the uses of wireless handheld devices, such as personal digital assistants, handheld PCs, and smart phones, for teaching and learning activities.

The chapter draws on a case study method using factor and regression analysis to interpret the questionnaire responses about the uses of wireless handheld devices in higher education. The principal findings included that behavior and attitude contribute strongly to the perceived performance of using such devices in the chosen context, and that facilitating conditions have a more complex and mediated relationship with behavior and attitude on the one hand and perceived performance on the other. The authors elaborate the implications of those findings for increasing alignment across several different interfaces related to blended and mobile learning in the early 21st century.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 13. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 05:47
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; blended learning; mobile learning; student perceptions; wireless handheld devices
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-511-7.ch013

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