Practices and challenges in an emerging m-learning environment
Edgar Asiimwe, Ã GrÃ¶nlund, Ãrebro University, Sweden ; Mathias Hatakka, Dalarna University, Sweden
IJEDICT Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies
This study reports an interpretative case study investigating practices and challenges in an emerging m-learning environment at Makerere University in Uganda. The research was part of MobiCLass pilot project. Data was collected by means of observations and interviews with teachers and various m-learning support staff, including teacher trainers, systems administrators and a software developer. The Framework for Rational Analysis of Mobile Education (FRAME) is used as an analytic framework. The research focuses on how learning content management systems (LCMS) are implemented and used for m-learning purposes. We observed teacher training and m-learning content development practices and found that teacher skills for developing educational content, institutional m-learning policies and training programs are crucial success factors. The main finding is the importance of the support staff; changes to both technology use and teaching practices take a long time and support staff is needed to manage, inspire and support change over a long period.
Asiimwe, E., GrÃ¶nlund, Ã. & Hatakka, M. (2017). Practices and challenges in an emerging m-learning environment. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 13(1),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies.