A Comparative Analysis of Tests Using Smartphones and Tablet PCs: Perceptions about the Number of Test Questions and Motivation for Taking the Test
Thursday, June 26 2:45 PM-3:05 PM
An experimental environment was developed for students enrolled in an Introduction to Information Science university course using a test that included 20 multiple-choice questions, with a comparative analysis being conducted for students taking the test with either a smartphone or tablet PC. We focused on the number of test questions and students’ motivation for taking the test, while also taking into consideration their test approach and avoidance tendencies. The results of the analysis revealed that subjects in the tablet PC group tended to perceive there to be more questions than those in the smartphone group; however, neither group considered the test to be a burden. Overall, students’ motivation to answer the questions was high and they found it useful for reviewing class learning material. In addition, based on the responses from both groups, it was estimated that around 15 questions would be a suitable number for the test.