STUDENTS’ OPINIONS ABOUT MOBILE LEARNING
Eastern Mediterranean University (TURKEY)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN13 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Developing information and communication technology closely affecting every aspect of our lives. Similarly, new technologies and methods make a change in educational environments. Especially, smartphones and PDA’s accelerate the use of different approaches in learning environments. It is anticipated that mobile learning will start to take an important place in the sense that it provides students with the opportunity of being involved in learning-teaching environments whenever and wherever they want. In other words, with the flexibility it provides, mobile learning will be included in educational environments for the sake of not only students but also institutions and instructors. Consequently, it is possible that mobile learning will turn into being one of the most important environments of distance education. In this sense, it is quite important that mobile learning and similar practices should be assessed according to students’ opinions. Students’ opinions are very important for new practices which will be developed will be more effective and mobile learning practices will be quality.
The purpose of this study is to analyse opinions of graduate students’ for Mobile Learning, specifically in terms of expectations, preferences and effectiveness. This study is designed as qualitative research. For this purpose focus group interviews are conducted as data collection method. The participants of the research consist of 38 master students who registered ITEC542 “IT and Instruction” course at 2012-2013 Spring Semester. Data gathered as a result of the study was analyzed with descriptive analyses. Recommendations are developed on the basis of findings.
Keywords: Mobile Learning (m-learning), Students opinions, Distance Education.