Empirical Research on Learners’ Thoughts About the Impact of Mobile Technology on Learning

Empirical Research on Learners’ Thoughts About the Impact of Mobile Technology on Learning

Gábor Kismihók (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary) and Réka Vas (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/jmbl.2011010105
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Mobile learning is gaining attention in Europe. Researchers are examining both pedagogical and technical issues regarding mobilized content delivery; however, little is known about current learners’ thoughts toward mobile learning. In this article, based on an empirical research study, the authors show what learners think about mobile learning and related learning technologies. Data consisting of 300 learners’ thoughts and experiences in connection with mobile learning (living in five different European countries) have been gathered and analysed. Results indicate that current positive attitudes toward mobile learning may be negatively influenced by experience, if previous patterns with other learning technologies are repeated.
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The Department of Information Systems at Corvinus University of Budapest has been actively researching and adopting mobile learning for many years (Kismihók & Vas, 2009; Kismihók, 2007; Vas, Kovács, & Kismihók, 2009). This work started with pilot content development in the early 2000s (Dye, Jones, & Kismihók, 2006). Since then, mobile educational services have been incorporated into the mainstream educational activities of the Department, thus more and more attention has been focused on learners’ perceptions of this novel technology. With funding from the European Commissions’ Lifelong Learning Programme, a quantitative research study has been carried out in order to learn more about educators’ and learners’ perceptions of mobilized educational services.

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First the framework of our empirical study is presented, regarding learners’ attitudes towards using mobile technology in education. Then we describe of the research design and the various statistical analyses that were performed on the data collected. Finally we conclude with further challenges and research directions.

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