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Student perceptions related to mobile learning in higher education

, Northcentral University, United States

Northcentral University . Awarded


This researcher addressed the need for a small university to gain an understanding of student perceptions of and attitudes toward mobile learning in order to make decisions regarding the role that mobile learning should play in teaching and learning at the institution. Data were gathered and analyzed in order to answer research questions regarding: (a) the level of student interest in mobile learning opportunities; (b) the availability of mobile learning technologies; (c) the amount of experience with electronic learning; and (d) the perceived advantages, disadvantages, and barriers related to the expansion of mobile learning. An explanatory mixed-methods design utilizing surveys, focus groups, and interviews was employed. Data were gathered from 638 survey respondents and 34 students who participated in focus groups and an interview. Quantitative data were analyzed by examining frequency distributions and cross-tabulations of responses to closed-end survey items and qualitative data analysis was employed to extract findings from open-end survey items, focus groups, and an interview. It was found that the students wanted more mobile access through wireless networks for laptop computers but were not interested in expanding mobile learning through the use of other mobile devices. The implication was that the university should invest available resources in the expansion of wireless access on campus.


Croop, F.J. Student perceptions related to mobile learning in higher education. Ph.D. thesis, Northcentral University. Retrieved June 24, 2019 from .

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