Mathematics Students’ Readiness for Mobile Learning

Mathematics Students’ Readiness for Mobile Learning

Ahmad Abu-Al-Aish (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK), Steve Love (Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK) and Ziad Hunaiti (Knowledge Well Group Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, UK)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/jmbl.2012100101
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Abstract

Mobile learning technologies and wireless networks are being increasingly used in educational settings. Mobile learning (M-learning) through wireless technology can deliver information access to anyone any time in any place. A study was conducted to investigate the readiness of Mathematics students in Brunel University to move towards using Mobile Learning in their studies, and also to explore the factors that might affect the implementation of this technology. A total number of 82 students participated in an online questionnaire in May 2011. The questionnaire was designed in order to determine the availability of the appropriate devices, students’ perceptions about M-learning and their expectations of mobile learning services. The findings of the study show that students have a positive perspective of using M-learning and they look at it as a support system for traditional class-based learning.
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Literature Review

A number of studies have been carried out to examine students’ readiness for mobile learning. Trifonova, Georieva, and Ronchetti (2006) investigated the use of M-learning in two European universities; University of Trento, Italy and University of Ruse, Bulgaria. Students were asked about the availability of mobile devices, their opinions on learning systems and the services that mobile learning should supply. The findings indicate that students’ attitude toward M-learning is dependent on the way people have used E-learning. For example, students who use E-learning tools and are comfortable with these types of services have a positive attitude about M-learning. Students expect M-learning to provide several services with integration to E-learning solutions. Also the prices of the suitable device as well as the price of the services being supplied are important factors for adoption of a successful M-learning application. In terms of gender, the study found that male students were more interested in using an M-learning system more than female students, who stated a preference for the traditional class-based approach to learning.

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