Authors: Shudong Wang; Jun Iwata; Douglas Jarrell
Addresses: Shimane University, 1060 Nishikawatsu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane 690-8504, Japan ' Shimane University, 1060 Nishikawatsu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane 690-8504, Japan ' Nagoya Women's University, 1302 Takamiya-cho, Tempaku-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 468-8507, Japan
Abstract: With increasing penetration of mobile devices into people's everyday life, mobile learning is regarded as the next generation of e-learning. Learning via mobile devices, especially mobile phones is widely practiced in educational areas all over the world. This paper describes a five-year ongoing mobile language learning project which creates and delivers English learning materials to Japanese university students. Based on the data collected from the project, we investigate Japanese students' mobile learning styles, learning needs and material preferences as well as their concerns about using mobile learning. The data is collected from various sources: online surveys, server logs, user registered personal information, interviews and actual quiz results. The findings obtained from this research reveal the status quo of learners in mobile learning and will provide useful information for future mobile learning project/system design.
Keywords: flexible learning; m-learning; learning styles; Japan; mobile learning design; mobile phones; cell phones; student needs; student preferences; student concerns; higher education; language learning; English learning; system design.
International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2016 Vol.19 No.4, pp.431 - 443
Received: 25 Oct 2014
Accepted: 12 Nov 2014
Published online: 13 Apr 2016 *