This year at the SITE conference in New Orleans, I presented a full paper on mobile learning. You can read the full paper here.
Learning Using Smartphones: Analyzing What Current Learners Think and Do
Research on mobile learning has given much attention to (a) the affordances of mobility that mobile devices offer, and (b) how these devices are used in classroom learning. Less attention has been paid to how learners perceive and use mobile devices. This exploratory study focuses on developing an understanding of how learners’ interpret learning using their smartphones, in particular learning that is not initiated by a teacher. The study used a qualitative grounded theory approach to analyze data collected from 28 undergraduates in an introductory educational psychology course. Analysis of the data suggests that the learners’ perception of the phenomenon of learning with smartphones is impoverished and appears to have three properties: What is learned, why, and when. Each property can be further characterized along one or two dimensions. This study is a first step towards identifying the nature of learning using mobile devices and its varying dimensions.
You can view a PDF of the presentation below: