Title: Evaluating the affordances of wearable technology in education

Authors: Belsam Attallah; Zakea Il-agure

Addresses: Computer Information Science (CIS), Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi, UAE ' Computer Information Science (CIS), Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abstract: Wearable technology, or the so-called wearable computing, is increasingly becoming popular in learning and teaching activities. Higher education is particularly benefitting from the advanced applications of this emerging technology, owing to the mature utilisation of the features and facilities presented by wearable devices. Essential factors like students' interactivity and engagement in learning activities have found to be easily achieved when effectively utilising this evolving technology by academic organisations. This paper surveys the information and experiments published recently on wearable technology in higher education and its acceptance factors by consumers according to the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Alongside the academic advantages of this technology, the paper demonstrates the limitations and negative aftereffects accompanying its applications. The outcomes of this research revealed that there are a considerable number of restrictions limiting the wider application of this technology and its acceptance in higher education, which should be analysed with appropriate solutions proposed.

Keywords: wearable computing; wearable devices; wearable technology; wearable technologies; wearables; TAM; technology acceptance model; education; higher education; educational technology; learning; learning technology; teaching.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2019.097227

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2019 Vol.10 No.1, pp.22 - 28

Received: 05 Jan 2018
Accepted: 19 Jun 2018

Published online: 24 Dec 2018 *

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