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.

URL: http://m.edmedia.aace.org/papers/39047/


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.

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