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Does Using Mobile Device Applications Lead to Learning? Article

, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ; , Lingnan University, Hong Kong ; , The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 20, Number 4, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


THIS PAPER WAS AWARDED A BEST PAPER AWARD AT EDMEDIA. Assessing the impact on learning of the use of mobile devices and associated applications is a complex challenge. This article reports on progress to date in a longitudinal study using a design research approach with three cohorts of 800 students each. Results are encouraging in terms of learning enhancement through select mobile application by a cadre of students but discouraging in terms of sustained use by the majority of students. Issues raised include student appreciation of deep learning and time management as well as aspects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Results demonstrate the need for integrated, pedagogically driven instructor and institutional efforts. Next steps are presented.


Vogel, D., Kennedy, D. & Kwok, R.C.W. (2009). Does Using Mobile Device Applications Lead to Learning?. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 20(4), 469-485. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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