Mobile devices in a blended learning environment in higher education

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Ryneveld, Linda
dc.contributor.postgraduate Van Wyk, Mari
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-05T08:06:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-05T08:06:03Z
dc.date.created 2009/07/18
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.description.abstract The use of mobile devices, in the South African context, has not yet been fully exploited. There is a need, in higher education, for mobility between places of study. This is especially true for students busy with their veterinary studies at a faculty of veterinary science at a South African university. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore how mobile devices and applications could be used to benefit teaching and learning practices in this blended learning environment. In line with the qualitative nature of the study, a series of case studies were explored and data were collected from student experiences as they worked with mobile devices in their various educational environments. Through analysing responses to questionnaires, feedback in group interviews, and observations, two themes emerged, namely the practice of taking notes with mobile devices, and the use of an application called Vetbox to book, log and assess students’ practical exposure to veterinary cases. The results were in line with the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) where the usefulness and ease of use when working with mobile devices and applications, not only had an influence on the attitude of the students using the devices to take notes and to work with educational software, but also on their behavioural intent and actual use of these mobile devices and applications. This study contributes to the existing body of educational technology research in the sense that it shows note-taking as one of the key affordances of mobile devices. In addition, it highlights the functionalities that a mobile device and its associated applications require for effortless note-taking. Also, the study highlighted the importance of the student’s voice in all phases relating to the use of mobile devices and applications in teaching and learning in higher education. Therefore, if any research about the use of educational technology or development of applications is planned, the importance of user input though all the phases of development or adoption must be considered. It is also recommended that further research be done on the development of note-taking applications that incorporate the suggestions expressed in this thesis.
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dc.description.degree PhD
dc.description.department Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, M 2018, Mobile devices in a blended learning environment in higher education, PhD Thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67940>
dc.identifier.other S2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67940
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria
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dc.subject UCTD
dc.title Mobile devices in a blended learning environment in higher education
dc.type Thesis


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