Mobile Learning Perception and Interest among Higher Education Distance Learners in Asia

Mobile Learning Perception and Interest among Higher Education Distance Learners in Asia

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Mobile Learning Perception and Interest among Higher Education Distance Learners in Asia Arafeh Karimi Educational Consultant, School of Information and Communication Technology Asia e University, Malaysia [email protected] Yusup Hashim Associate Professor, S chool of Education and Cognitive Science Asia e University, Malaysia [email protected] Nurziyanti Mohamad Khan Lecturer, School of Management Asia e University, Malaysia [email protected] Abstract : This study, as a part of Asia e University mobile Learning project (AeUmL), aimed to investigate the higher education distance learners’ conceptualization and the level of interest towards having the opportunity to learn while mobile. It also addressed participants’ access level and frequency use of the technologies typically employed in mobile learning. Quantitative data were collected from 112 survey respondents enrolled in AeU Post Graduate Programs in Kuala Lumpur center. Results yielded a mixed response in terms of student perception on various examples of mobile learning while their interest level and attitudes towards having the option of mobile learning were reported very high. Students’ participation rate in utilizing mobile technologies and electronic learning activities were analyzed. Future research implications and issues surrounding the development of mobile learning in Asian higher education are also discussed. Introduction Mobile learning is anticipated to be the next substantial innovation in higher education (Alexander, 2004; Wagner, 2005). Prensky (2005) apprised that students will progressively demand to utilize wireless technology such as the cell phone to pursue educational endeavors. Alexander (2004), Prensky (2005) and Wagner (2005) anticipated that whenever the ubiquitousness of connectivity and spontaneous trust on the mobile technology is accomplished, it will drive higher education users to demand mobile learning opportunities in live classes, blended courses and distance education offerings. Additionally, mobile learning can provide logistical improvers such as enhanced portability of educational tools at a lessened cost (Motiwalla, 2007; Riva & Villani, 2005). Consequently, research in this area should be of interest to higher education academics and technical professionals and might actually be essential at some point now or in the future to address the paradigm shift that higher education community may not be able to ignore. Kim, Mim, and Holmes (2006) indicated that uninformed enthusiasm needs to be reduced and substituted with critical and careful analysis on how available mobile learning tools should best be fitted to particular educational goals. Kukulska-Hulme (2005b) proposed the first task that should be attempted in to design teaching and learning in a new paradigm is to gain an understanding of your audience. Particularly in the area of mobile
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