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Article: Library and learning experiences turned mobile: A comparative study between LIS and non-LIS students

TitleLibrary and learning experiences turned mobile: A comparative study between LIS and non-LIS students
Authors
KeywordsLearning needs
Interactive learning environments
Higher education
Technology adoption
Mobile learning
Issue Date2020
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jacalib
Citation
The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2020, v. 46 n. 2, p. article no. 102103 How to Cite?
AbstractThe rapid developments of wireless telecommunication networks and the widespread increase of smartphone ownership around the world have created tremendous impacts on the services provided by institutions of higher education worldwide on several dimensions. Unarguably, mobile technologies have created new and unforeseen opportunities for educators, information services providers and students to experience the new horizon of teaching, learning, as well as knowledge transfer and creation. Taking into consideration that since Library and Information Science (LIS) students are training to become future LIS professionals, they are expected to be ready as well as active in integrating mobile technology into their daily learning practices. This study was set up to examine two groups of students (namely: LIS versus non-LIS students) at Peking University – their attitudes and level of activeness in adopting mobile technology in their daily life, as well as in their learning practices. Quantitative questionnaire survey was used for data collection, and a total number of 319 responses (i.e., LIS, 63 and non-LIS, 256) were collected from this study. Findings of this study reveal that no significant differences were found between the two student groups (LIS versus non-LIS) in many areas. In fact, both LIS and non-LIS student groups were using their smartphones to engage in different learning, research, social networking, pastimes, and recreational activities on similar level. However, it was concerning to note that the LIS student group was slightly less active in accessing the online services and resources provided by their university library. This was a particular finding that went against the researchers' original anticipation. However, such unexpected finding did not mean that these LIS students were necessarily less active or ‘open’ as mobile learners. For the reason that in comparison to their non-LIS counterparts, they were equally as active as in terms of using their mobile devices for other learning (particularly collaborative learning) and research purposes. Further studies are recommended to determine various factors that are hindering these LIS students from using the university library's online resources and services on a more active level.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/286368
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2019 Impact Factor: 1.235
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.424
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dc.contributor.authorLau, KSN-
dc.contributor.authorLo, P-
dc.contributor.authorChiu, DKW-
dc.contributor.authorHo, KKW-
dc.contributor.authorJiang, T-
dc.contributor.authorZhou, Q-
dc.contributor.authorPercy, P-
dc.contributor.authorAllard, B-
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-31T07:02:52Z-
dc.date.available2020-08-31T07:02:52Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationThe Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2020, v. 46 n. 2, p. article no. 102103-
dc.identifier.issn0099-1333-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/286368-
dc.description.abstractThe rapid developments of wireless telecommunication networks and the widespread increase of smartphone ownership around the world have created tremendous impacts on the services provided by institutions of higher education worldwide on several dimensions. Unarguably, mobile technologies have created new and unforeseen opportunities for educators, information services providers and students to experience the new horizon of teaching, learning, as well as knowledge transfer and creation. Taking into consideration that since Library and Information Science (LIS) students are training to become future LIS professionals, they are expected to be ready as well as active in integrating mobile technology into their daily learning practices. This study was set up to examine two groups of students (namely: LIS versus non-LIS students) at Peking University – their attitudes and level of activeness in adopting mobile technology in their daily life, as well as in their learning practices. Quantitative questionnaire survey was used for data collection, and a total number of 319 responses (i.e., LIS, 63 and non-LIS, 256) were collected from this study. Findings of this study reveal that no significant differences were found between the two student groups (LIS versus non-LIS) in many areas. In fact, both LIS and non-LIS student groups were using their smartphones to engage in different learning, research, social networking, pastimes, and recreational activities on similar level. However, it was concerning to note that the LIS student group was slightly less active in accessing the online services and resources provided by their university library. This was a particular finding that went against the researchers' original anticipation. However, such unexpected finding did not mean that these LIS students were necessarily less active or ‘open’ as mobile learners. For the reason that in comparison to their non-LIS counterparts, they were equally as active as in terms of using their mobile devices for other learning (particularly collaborative learning) and research purposes. Further studies are recommended to determine various factors that are hindering these LIS students from using the university library's online resources and services on a more active level.-
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.subjectLearning needs-
dc.subjectInteractive learning environments-
dc.subjectHigher education-
dc.subjectTechnology adoption-
dc.subjectMobile learning-
dc.titleLibrary and learning experiences turned mobile: A comparative study between LIS and non-LIS students-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChiu, DKW: dchiu88@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.acalib.2019.102103-
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dc.identifier.hkuros313580-
dc.identifier.volume46-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 102103-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 102103-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000521520700013-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl0099-1333-

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