The Impact of Using a Mobile App on Learning Success in Accounting Education

38 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2021 Last revised: 5 Nov 2021

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Johannes Voshaar

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control

Martin Knipp

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control

Thomas R. Loy

University of Bremen

Jochen Zimmermann

University of Bremen - Chair of Accounting and Control; University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Florian Johannsen

University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden

Date Written: August 4, 2021

Abstract

This study examines the impact of a gamified mobile learning application on business and economics students' exam success in a mandatory introductory accounting course. The results indicate that students using the app seriously achieve a significantly higher score in the final exam than non-serious users. Controlling for other antecedents of student success from prior literature, app usage significantly explains academic performance. We apply three approaches, including OLS and 2SLS regression, and an identification strategy based on students who attempt the course for a second time to show the app's positive effect on student exam performance. Especially the 2SLS approach, which addresses the issue of self-selection, may add valuable insights into the use of mobile technology in accounting education. This study not only contributes to the ongoing research on the effects of using gamification and mobile technology in higher education but also sheds light on the determinants of student success.

Keywords: Learning success, mobile application, online learning, accounting education

Suggested Citation

Voshaar, Johannes and Knipp, Martin and Loy, Thomas R. and Zimmermann, Jochen and Zimmermann, Jochen and Johannsen, Florian, The Impact of Using a Mobile App on Learning Success in Accounting Education (August 4, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3923682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3923682

Johannes Voshaar

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Bremen, D-28359
Germany

Martin Knipp

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Bremen, D-28359
Germany

Thomas R. Loy (Contact Author)

University of Bremen ( email )

Universitaetsallee GW I
Bremen, D-28334
Germany

Jochen Zimmermann

University of Bremen - Chair of Accounting and Control ( email )

Universitaetsallee GW I
Bremen, D-28334
Germany
+49 421 218-9119 (Phone)

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University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics ( email )

Hochschulring 4
Germany
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Florian Johannsen

University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden ( email )

Am Blechhammer 4-9
Schmalkalden, 98574

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