Title: Toward a sustainable deployment of m-learning in higher education

Authors: Ahmad Abu-Al-Aish; Steve Love; Ziad Hunaiti; Sultan Al-masaeed

Addresses: School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematical Science, Brunel University, London, UK ' School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematical Science, Brunel University, London, UK ' School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, London, UK ' School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematical Science, Brunel University, London, UK

Abstract: Mobile learning technologies and wireless networks are increasingly being used in educational institutes. Mobile learning (m-learning) through wireless technology can deliver information to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Some studies have explored the challenges and the issues of implementing this technology. However, few academic studies have investigated the sustainable deployment of m-learning in higher education. This study was conducted with the intention of identifying the factors that affect the deployment of m-learning, in order to propose and evaluate a sustainable model for mobile learning deployment in university education. A survey was conducted with a total of 148 students and 28 lecturers. The findings indicate that the refined conceptual model with pre- and post-deployment stages can work as a road map that can help all stakeholders to make successful decisions for the future deployment of m-learning in their institutes.

Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning sustainability; m-learning pre-deployment; m-learning post-deployment; m-learning universities; m-learning deployment models; higher education; sustainable deployment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2013.057165

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2013 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.253 - 276

Published online: 14 Oct 2013 *

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