Title: Pocket learning: a new mobile learning approach for distance learners

Authors: Khoo Yin Yin; Robert Fitzgerald

Addresses: Department of Economics, Sultan Idris Education University, Tanjong Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan 35900, Malaysia ' INSPIRE Centre for Innovation in Education & Training, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, University of Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

Abstract: This study examines the effects of mobile learning on distance learners' interest. A mixed method explanatory design with descriptive quantitative method and a follow-up interview were employed in this study. A new 4A model is introduced in this paper based on Adult Learning Theory and Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development. A total of 152 distance learners from Malaysia participated in this study. The results revealed significant results on distance learners' interest. The majority of the respondents agreed that mobile learning assisted them in their learning activities. The findings of the interviews also showed positive results. Overall, these findings support the positive effect on mobile learning for distance learners.

Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning; distance learners; learner interest; 4A model; adult learning theory; Vygotsky; zone of proximal development; descriptive quantitative method; Malaysia; positive effect; pocket learning; distance education; technology enhanced learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2015.074215

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2015 Vol.9 No.3, pp.271 - 283

Received: 16 Oct 2015
Accepted: 30 Nov 2015

Published online: 18 Jan 2016 *

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