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Mature students using mobile devices in life and learning

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Pettit, John; Bradley, Linda; Carvalho, Ana A.; Herrington, Anthony; Kennedy, David M. and Walker, Aisha (2011). Mature students using mobile devices in life and learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(1) pp. 18–52.

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Abstract

The paper reports on research concerned with learners’ uses of mobile technologies based on an international survey that targeted students registered in selected master’s and doctoral programmes in Australia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The survey findings were enriched by local knowledge, as the authors administered questionnaires in their own countries. The research gives an account of uses of handheld devices by students from departments of education, educational technology, engineering, and information technology in the domains of learning, work, social interaction and entertainment. The paper illuminates learners’ choices in the midst of evolving social practices, and challenges the common preconception that mobile devices are not suitable for academic study. In today’s global education marketplace, educators must know the technology habits and expectations of their students, including those from other countries. Knowing about students’ previous practices and the techno-cultural setting they come from can help institutions determine what mobile applications are most appropriate to support learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 IGI Global
ISSN: 1941-8655
Extra Information: This paper appears in the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, edited by David Parsons. Copyright 2011, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.
Keywords: mobile learning; informal learning; communities, higher education, learner-driven innovation; online survey; mature students; work–life boundaries
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 28367
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 16:27
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 02:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28367
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