Title: Principles and pressures in managing student attitudes to innovative mobile learning: a view from an Australian distance-education-intensive university

Authors: Abdul Hafeez-Baig; Raj Gururajan; P.A. Danaher; Linda De George-Walker

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba 4350, Queensland, Australia ' Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba 4350, Queensland, Australia ' Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba 4350, Queensland, Australia ' Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Darling Heights, Toowoomba 4350, Queensland, Australia

Abstract: A crucial element of managing innovative distance learning is engaging efficiently with students' experiences and expectations of such learning. This paper discusses the results of an institution-wide survey conducted in 2008 among 228 students in two faculties at an Australian distance-education-intensive university. The survey recorded students' attitudes to mobile learning. The results were analysed in terms of principles of innovative education as well as pressures on the university and staff members. The authors argue that sustainably innovating mobile learning in this context requires careful management of students' attitudes to align them with effective teaching strategies and engaged educational technologies.

Keywords: Australia; distance education; educational technologies; innovative education; M-learning; mobile learning; mobile technologies; cellular communications; student attitudes; teaching strategies; university students; student experiences; student expectations; teaching strategies; education management; higher education; universities; distance learning; innovation; innovative learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2013.050818

International Journal of Management in Education, 2013 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.149 - 162

Published online: 04 Dec 2012 *

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