Mobile learning is considered to be an advanced stage of E-learning. Mobile devices supported learning provides teaching materials anytime, anywhere, and eliminates space and time constraints for learners. Mobile devices-supported learning includes all portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, tablet PCs, and e-books. This paper aims to investigate the issue from a different perspective. Firstly, we consider how many novice programmers have personal mobile devices and what type of mobile devices they are using (PDA, tablet PC, e-book). Secondly, we consider whether the Buraimi University College (Oman) Information Technology infrastructure supports mobile learning. Thirdly we consider students' behavior and attitude towards mobile devices supported teaching materials. For this purpose, the survey method will be used as a research tool to collect responses from 1st year students enrolled in introductory programming courses at the Information Technology department of Buraimi University College. This paper also describes a set of findings which helps instructors to take steps to promote mobile learning for novice programmers.
In this paper, we compare the utility of modified versions of the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) model in explaining mobile learning adoption in higher education in a developing country and evaluate the size and direction of the impacts of the UTAUT factors on behavioural intention to adopt mobile learning in higher education. The data were obtained through a web survey of university students and the models are estimated in a structural equations modelling framework. Many of the UTAUT relationships are confirmed, but some are contradicted. The results suggest that culture and country level differences moderate the UTAUT effects, hence, a straightforward application of the model regardless of the context can lead to non-detection of important relationships and to suboptimal mobile learning promotion strategies. Including attitude in the model is also a prudent modification since it increases its explanatory power.
A panel of experts from Boise State University shared their recent Delphi study and presented the research categories and statements considered important by the consensus of a panel of international experts on mobile learning. They discussed each category by giving examples of related studies. The event was sponsored by The Association for the Educational Communications and Technology - Hawaii Chapter.
Suggested Citation: Yu-Chang Hsu, Yu-Hui Ching, and Chareen Snelson. "Boise State University Delphi Study on Mobile Learning (Research Priority of Mobile Learning in Five Years)" Association for the Educational Communications and Technology - Hawaii Chapter. University of Hawaii at Manoa (Virtual Conference). Sep. 2013.
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