Viability of Mobile Devices Integration in Higher Education: Faculty Perceptions and Perspective

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

Viability of Mobile Devices Integration in Higher Education: Faculty Perceptions and Perspective, p.57 - 62 (2007)

Keywords:

environment, faculty, higher education, human factors, informal learning, pedagogy

Abstract:

Mobile devices are everywhere and mobile learning (m-learning) has emerged as a potential educational environment to support learning. Mobile tools immerse in the learning environment and surround the educators, the students and the environment they operate in. These tools can be directly integrated in classroom activities in order to enhance and promote new ways of teaching and learning. The purpose of this research work is to evaluate the viability of integrating mobile technology into the teaching and learning processes in higher education from the faculty perspective. The study focuses on faculty members working in private colleges in Cyprus, and is guided by the following research objectives:- to determine the general knowledge of faculty members on mobile technologies and learning, - to explore the perceptions of educators regarding mobile technology integration, - to determine the current level of educators’ (from different disciplines) knowledge on mobile technologies, - to measure the degree in which educators are willing to integrate mobile devices in their classroom practices, - to identify the factors that influence mobile technology integration in education, and - to propose a strategy for the introduction of m- learning integration.