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Understanding mobile VLE usage in distance education: A pilot study

Mwanza-Simwami, Daisy; Kirkwood, Adrian; Thomas, Rhodri; Woods, William and Cross, Simon (2013). Understanding mobile VLE usage in distance education: A pilot study. In: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013, 24-27 Jun 2013, Victoria, Canada, 601 -610.

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This paper presents preliminary results of a mobile virtual learning environment (VLE) usage study conducted at a United Kingdom (UK) based distance education institution. A total of 207 undergraduate students participated in the study over a period of 6 months. Study participants were recruited through email invitation. An online survey was conducted to gather both quantitative and qualitative data about (i) learner characteristics, (ii) awareness about the existence of the mobile VLE system, (iii) perceptions about the usefulness of using the mobile VLE system to support learning, (iv) attitudes towards using mobile VLE technological tools to support learner activities, and (v) motives for using mobile VLE tools when carrying out learning activities. Results indicate that perceived usefulness of the various technological tools incorporated in the mobile VLE system and also familiarity with their usage in teaching and learning has an effect on their deployment in distance education. These findings confirm our assumptions that the design and integration of mobile VLE in teaching and learning should be closely aligned with pedagogical goals and established practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Extra Information: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013
Victoria, Canada
June 24, 2013
Jan Herrington, Alec Couros & Valerie Irvine
ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Strategy Planning & Policy
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 38009
Depositing User: Daisy Mwanza
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 15:00
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