Title

Educational usage of mobile devices : differences between postgraduate and undergraduate students

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

Publication Date

5-2017

Volume

43

Issue

3

First Page

201

Last Page

208

Publisher

Pergamon Press

Keywords

Mobile learning (m-learning), Mixed method, Comparison, Smartphone, Library and Information Science (LIS), Learning patterns

Abstract

The 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.

DOI

10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.004

Print ISSN

00991333

E-ISSN

18791999

Funding Information

This research is partially funded by the Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Lau, K. P., Chiu, D. K. W., Ho, K. K. W., Lo, P., & See-To, E. W. K. (2017). Educational usage of mobile devices: Differences between postgraduate and undergraduate students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(3), 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.004

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