Mobile Phone Usage and Students' Perception towards M-Learning: A Case of Undergraduate Students in Pakistan
International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2017
16 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 17, 2017
Mobile phones are increasingly becoming part of the daily life of today’s youth. This widespread usage of mobile technology has attracted the attention of researchers and academicians to explore the ways and means of using it in formal and informal education. This study investigates the mobile phone’s ownership pattern and usage among undergraduate university students in Pakistan. Moreover, students’ choice of mobile service provider is explored. The objective of this study is to investigate m-learning potential among university students and their perceptions towards this emerging learning technology. Quantitative data is collected by means of a survey in which 320 undergraduate students enrolled in four academic disciplines (business, engineering, arts and medicine) participated. SPSS software is used for data analysis. Primarily, descriptive statistics (frequencies, percentages, and pie and line charts) are used for describing the data on different attributes obtained from the questionnaire. In addition, to check the significant difference between the students’ perception towards m-learning, ANOVA followed by the Post Hoc Tukey test was used. The results indicate that, overall, students have a very positive attitude towards m-learning; however, the perceptions of Arts and Engineering students were found significantly different from those of Medical and Business students. The results of this study have practical implications for the policy-makers, educators and developers of m-learning programs, specifically in the case of developing countries.
Keywords: M Learning, Mobile Phones Ownership and Usage, Undergraduate Students, Perceptions towards M-Learning, Developing Countries
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