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Article: Educational Usage of Mobile Devices: Differences Between Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students

TitleEducational Usage of Mobile Devices: Differences Between Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students
Authors
Issue Date2017
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jacalib
Citation
The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2017, v. 43 n. 3, p. 201-208 How to Cite?
AbstractThe rapid increase of smartphone usage in recent years has provided students the opportunity to participate in mobile learning (m-learning) anywhere, anytime. Academic institutions are also following this trend to launch many m-learning services. This article investigates the differences of the user needs between undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students though an online survey with 140 Library Information Systems (LIS) subjects in a Japanese university in order to provide solid foundations for future m-learning studies. We find that UG and PG students do not show significant differences in adopting m-learning by smartphones despite the fact that they have different learning patterns. The m-learning frequencies of smartphones generally range from weekly to monthly, where using search engines is the most frequent, and reading academic resources is the least frequent. They tend to use these services for handling their daily routines (such as search engine, social networks) rather than their academic activities (such as using online databases to search for academic materials). Further, the results also show that content displaying issues (e.g., small display screen, text unable to enlarge) are barriers for most subjects in using these m-learning services.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/246131
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 1.459
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.424
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dc.contributor.authorLau, KP-
dc.contributor.authorChiu, KWD-
dc.contributor.authorHo, KKW-
dc.contributor.authorLo, P-
dc.contributor.authorSee-To, EWK-
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-18T02:22:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-18T02:22:56Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2017, v. 43 n. 3, p. 201-208-
dc.identifier.issn0099-1333-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/246131-
dc.description.abstractThe rapid increase of smartphone usage in recent years has provided students the opportunity to participate in mobile learning (m-learning) anywhere, anytime. Academic institutions are also following this trend to launch many m-learning services. This article investigates the differences of the user needs between undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students though an online survey with 140 Library Information Systems (LIS) subjects in a Japanese university in order to provide solid foundations for future m-learning studies. We find that UG and PG students do not show significant differences in adopting m-learning by smartphones despite the fact that they have different learning patterns. The m-learning frequencies of smartphones generally range from weekly to monthly, where using search engines is the most frequent, and reading academic resources is the least frequent. They tend to use these services for handling their daily routines (such as search engine, social networks) rather than their academic activities (such as using online databases to search for academic materials). Further, the results also show that content displaying issues (e.g., small display screen, text unable to enlarge) are barriers for most subjects in using these m-learning services.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jacalib-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Journal of Academic Librarianship-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleEducational Usage of Mobile Devices: Differences Between Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChiu, KWD: dchiu88@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.004-
dc.identifier.hkuros278570-
dc.identifier.volume43-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage201-
dc.identifier.epage208-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000403854600006-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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