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Learners’ Beliefs and Perceptions toward Mobile Devices for Learning

Abstract

The aim of this study is to provide educators more insight on the learners’ beliefs and perceptions of the
different mobile communication devices which contribute to the effectiveness of mobile learning in a
higher education institution among a diverse group of users. This paper reports on the results of a survey
of three mobile phones on three different platforms with a total of 40 subjects in a between-subjects
design. An analysis of the quantitative survey indicates that the students perceived positively the benefits
of mobile learning with three different types of mobile phones. Overall, mobile phones integrated with
touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard are valuable alternative devices for mobile learning. Findings
also show that video and audio are an important mode for communication and interpretation, particularly
when paired with pictures for the students to have more control over the learning process.

Learners’ Beliefs and Perceptions toward Mobile Devices for Learning
Dr William Lockitt

Dr William Lockitt

Dr Lockitt has over forty-five years’ experience in education and has written several publications highlighting the effective use of multimedia flexible and open learning. Since 2010 Dr Lockitt has been the strategic policy Director for G2G Communities CIC and in 2011 managed the implementation of the first not for profit, community focused LEGO Education Innovation Studio in the UK.