Title: Mobiles in education: students' usage, preferences and desires

Authors: Anastasios A. Economides, Amalia Grousopoulou

Addresses: Departments of Information Systems and Economics, University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece. ' Departments of Information Systems and Economics, University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece

Abstract: Mobile devices have become some of the fastest advancing communication gadgets. This study investigates the students| use, preferences and desires regarding mobile devices in education. Conducting a survey among University students, it was found that students use their mobiles mostly for arranging meetings with their classmates and being mutually informed about courses. They consider as most important the access to exam results, exams| timetable and previous exams. Furthermore, they would mostly like to use their mobiles for acquiring information about lessons and exams. Finally, some gender differences emerge in the use of the mobile devices in education but they are not big.

Keywords: gender differences; handheld devices; mobile learning; mobile phones; cell phones; m-learning; survey; student use; student preferences; students use; university students; mobiles; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.033553

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.3, pp.235 - 252

Published online: 04 Jun 2010 *

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