How do students use their mobile devices to support learning? A case study from an Australian regional university

Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela and Johnson, Chris and Carter, Brad and Lane, Michael and Midgley, Warren and Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Dekeyser, Stijn and Koronios, Andy (2015) How do students use their mobile devices to support learning? A case study from an Australian regional university. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 15 (1). pp. 1-13.

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Though universities are eager to leverage the potential of mobile learning to provide learning flexibly, most balk at the cost of providing students with mobile hardware. The practice of ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) is often mooted as a cost-effective alternative. This paper provides a snapshot of student ownership of mobile devices at a regional Australian university. Our research shows that students do have access to and use a wide range of devices. However, the delivery of learning is challenged when students try to access materials and activities using these devices. Course materials are rarely optimised for use on smartphones, navigating websites and learning management systems becomes a scrolling nightmare, and interacting with other students is often impractical using prescribed systems. Most concerning is that none of the students surveyed were participating in educator-led mobile learning initiatives. The paper concludes with the proposal of some practical, low-cost tactics that educators could potentially employ to begin engaging with mobile learning, leveraging what students already do.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2016 23:29
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 06:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning; smart mobile technologies; BYOD; e-learning; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5334/

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