Share Paper: Third Arm, Gateway Drug or Just a Toy? Study of Mobile Learning in Higher Education

  1. Nancy Smith, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi, United States
  2. Kakali Bhattacharya, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, United States
Tuesday, March 6 4:00-4:30 PM Capitol F

Abstract: This qualitatively driven mixed methods study of doctoral students explored their attitudes and beliefs regarding the use of mobile technology; the ways their learning experiences informed how mobile learning affected engagement; and whether these tools play a role in motivation to implement technology in their practice. The data indicated that participants’ comfort level with technology and content knowledge and pedagogy affected their motivations and attitudes toward use of mobile technology. For the majority of the participants, the effects of using the iPod Touch in a doctoral level qualitative methods class were exceptionally positive, though for a few the attitudes reflected ...