Moving towards the effective evaluation of mobile learning initiatives in higher education institutions

Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela and Todd, Nicole Ann and Lane, Michael and Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Midgley, Warren and Johnson, Chris (2015) Moving towards the effective evaluation of mobile learning initiatives in higher education institutions. In: Handbook of mobile teaching and learning. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 721-740. ISBN 978-3-642-54145-2


Mobile learning is viewed by many institutional leaders as the solution for a student cohort that is demanding an increasing flexibility in study options. These students are fitting study around other aspects of their lives including work and caring responsibilities, or they are studying at a geographical location far removed from the university campus. With ubiquitous connectivity available in many parts of the world and with the incremental improvements in design and affordability of mobile devices, many students are using mobile technologies to access course materials and activities. Even so, there are relatively few formal mobile learning initiatives underway and even fewer evaluations of those initiatives. This is significant because without a rigorous evaluation of mobile learning, it is impossible to determine whether it provides a viable and cost-effective way of accessing courses for both the student and the institution. This chapter examines the broad groupings of uses for mobile devices for learning, before considering the evaluation frameworks that are currently in use. The characteristics, affordances, and issues of these Q1 frameworks are briefly discussed. A project to develop a Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework is introduced, which will consider evaluation from four aspects: (1) pedagogical learning, (2) pedagogical teaching, (3) technical, and (4) organizational.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015. Permanent restricted access to paper in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 05:07
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 02:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning; evaluation; pedagogical approaches; frameworks; higher education; eLearning; mobile devices
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41981-2_17-1

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