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Student Experiences with Mobile Electronic Updates from a Virtual Learning Environment

Crane, Laura and Benachour, Phillip and Coulton, Paul (2012) Student Experiences with Mobile Electronic Updates from a Virtual Learning Environment. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 4 (3). ISSN 1941-8647

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of two mobile applications to disseminate course and module information to university students by sending notifications and electronic updates to their mobile devices. The two mobile applications are based on RSS and Twitter and provide notifications to users which are similar in format and transmission mode to these Web 2.0 entities. The aim of this study is to understand the potential benefits of using the mobile applications as assistive technologies to the existing virtual learning environment. The study uses the ARCS model of motivational design and instruction theory (attention, relevance, confidence, satisfaction) as a tool to enhance students’ experience and their subject engagement. User feedback revealed that although users were given flexibility with regards to temporal updates, they preferred temporal updates at specific times and not in real time. A lack of wireless access in some areas commonly used by students proved a further limitation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile ; LEARNING ; virtual learning
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57120
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2012 18:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 18:57
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57120

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