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Making Mobile Learning Work: Student Perceptions and Implementation Factors

JITE-IIP Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 2165-3151 e-ISSN 2165-3151 Publisher: Informing Science Institute


Mobile devices are the constant companions of technology users of all ages. Studies show, however, that making calls is a minimal part of our engagement with today’s smart phones and that even texting has fallen off, leaving web browsing, gaming, and social media as top uses. A cross-disciplinary group of faculty at our university came together in the mLearning Scholars group to study the potential for using mobile devices for student learning. The group met bi-weekly throughout a semester and shared thoughts, ideas, resources, and examples, while experimenting with mobile learning activities in individual classes. This paper summarizes student perceptions and adoption intent for using mobile devices for learning, and discusses implementation issues for faculty in adding mobile learning to a college course. Outcomes reflect that mobile learning adoption is not a given, and students need help in using and understanding the value in using personal devices for learning activities.


Tabor, S.W. (2015). Making Mobile Learning Work: Student Perceptions and Implementation Factors. Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 15(1), 75-98. Informing Science Institute. Retrieved January 17, 2022 from .

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