Supporting interaction in learning activities using mobile devices in higher education

Shishah, Wesam; Hopkins, Gail; FitzGerald, Elizabeth and Higgins, Colin (2013). Supporting interaction in learning activities using mobile devices in higher education. In: QScience Proceedings, 35.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5339/qproc.2013.mlearn.35

Abstract

Mobile devices are personal, portable and being increasingly used to assist students’ learning that creates new educational opportunities for students at university. Adopting mobile technologies to various educational activities that students are practicing in Higher Education (HE) is a key challenge yet one that could create powerful opportunities to support academic learning. This research will investigate how students at university use mobile devices with respect to engagement and interaction in various learning activities. It will study how students in HE engage with learning tasks and what social interactions occur when they are trying to achieve their academic goals. Also, the tools/software that support their academic goals in different learning settings or activities will be considered. This paper shows the background of the research to promote students’ interaction in various learning settings (including both different physical environments and different activities) using mobile learning support system.

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