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Mobile devices in higher education

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FNDS016 Topic: Mobile devices in higher education


Model Annotated Bibliography Bomhold, CR 2013, ‘Educational use of smart phone technology: A survey of mobile phone application use by undergraduate university students’, Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 424-436. Bomhold (2013) examines the educational use of smartphone applications by undergraduate students at university. The aim of the study was to better understand mobile phone app use in order to create useful apps for students. An online survey was conducted of students enrolled in an information literacy course at a university in the United States. It was found that the most frequently used apps were search social and communications apps, followed by search engines, online encyclopaedias, and libraries for academic use. In conclusion, smartphones are used by students for academic as well as social purposes, but university libraries must provide more up-to-date search functions for students to use them. Gikas, J & Grant, MM, 2013 ‘Mobile computing devices in higher education: Student perspectives on learning with cellphones, smartphones & social media’, Internet and Higher Education, vol. 9, pp. 18-26. Gikas and Grant (2013) examine students' perceptions of learning with mobile computing devices and the roles of social media. The purpose of this research was to explore teaching and learning when mobile computing devices, such as smartphones, were used in higher education. Data was collected through focus group interviews with university teachers and students. It was found that mobile devices were reported to have benefits for student learning, creating opportunities for interaction, and opportunities for collaboration but also presented the potential for distraction. Long-terms impacts of using devices in educations have yet to be discovered, and continuous research is recommended. Page, T 2014, ‘Application-based mobile devices in design education’, International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 96-111. Page (2014) examines the use of applications on mobile devices in design education. The purpose was to discover the effect of smartphones on product design education. Data

FNDS016 Topic: Mobile devices in higher education


was collected through a literature review and a questionnaire of undergraduate design students and also design professionals. The most common use of applications in design education was sharing and presenting work on smart devices, but not creating work on them. In conclusion, smart devices have developed and made certain other products, like digital cameras, obsolete.

Roberts, N & Rees, M 2014, ‘Student use of mobile devices in university lectures’,

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 415-426.

Roberts and Rees (2014) examine the use of mobile phones by students in university lectures. This study was designed to investigate which mobile devices students use, what they use them for and the duration of each activity within 1 hour lectures. The method of research was a survey of 99 students across 6 faculties and a one-hour focus group discussion of students who had not completed the survey. Most students reported using a mobile device in the lecture. Mobile phones and laptops were the most common devices. The most common activity was typing notes on a laptop, followed by accessing lecture slides. In conclusion, the vast majority of mobile device usage was on task and related to the lecture, so mobile phone use in lectures should not be banned.

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