An international survey of mature students' uses of mobile devices in life and learning

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Pettit, John; Bradley, Linda; Carvalho, Ana A.; Herrington, Anthony; Kennedy, David and Walker, Aisha (2009). An international survey of mature students' uses of mobile devices in life and learning. In: Proceedings of 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, 26-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida.

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The paper presents research concerned with learner-driven innovative practice with mobile technologies and the interface between formal and informal learning. We build on our previous work investigating student use of personal devices for learning, work, social interaction and entertainment. A recent phase of the research included an international survey focusing on students registered on selected Masters and doctoral programmes in the UK, Sweden, Portugal, Hong Kong and Australia. The research gives an account of everyday uses and more unusual deployments of personal technologies by students from departments of education and technology. It illuminates learner choices and preferences, attitudes towards work–life boundaries, evolving social and cultural practices, and the impacts of technological change.

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