MOBILE LEARNING AND HIGHER EDUCATION: A THEORETICAL OVERVIEW

Authors

  • MÓNICA ARESTA University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • LUÍS PEDRO University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • CARLOS SANTOS University of Aveiro, Portugal

Keywords:

Mobile learning, literature review, Higher Education, students’ perspectives

Abstract

Nowadays, mobile technologies play an important role in Higher Education students’ academic and social lives. When the digital and “always-connected” dimension of the students’ lives becomes an issue of crescent importance, Higher Education Institutions face the need to develop approaches focused on the integration of mobile devices in learning processes. When the adoption of mobile technology for teaching and learning is recognized as an important area of educational research, this paper reviews recent literature on mobile learning in Higher Education settings and summarizes the findings of empirical investigations. Reviewed literature uncovered some benefits and limitations of the adoption of mobile devices in education, showing that Higher Education students’ value the opportunities and improvements brought by mobile learning as well as reveal some frustration and concerns. In the centre of everything and as one of the mains reason for either adopting of rejecting mobile learning, lies the perception of students regarding the added value of mobile devices in their learning processes.

 

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