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Title: Educational usage of mobile devices : differences between postgraduate and undergraduate students
Authors: Lau, KP
Chiu, DKW
Ho, KKW
Lo, P
See-To, EWK 
Keywords: Mobile learning (m-learning)
Mixed method
Comparison
Smartphone
Library and Information Science (LIS)
Learning pattems
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Journal of academic librarianship, 2017, v. 43, no. 3, p. 201-208 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of academic librarianship 
Abstract: The rapid increase of smartphone usage in recent years has provided students the opportunity to participate in mobile learning (m-learning) anywhere, anytime. Academic institutions are also following this trend to launch many m-learning services. This article investigates the differences of the user needs between undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students though an online survey with 140 Library Information Systems (US) subjects in a Japanese university in order to provide solid foundations for future m-learning studies. We find that UG and PG students do not show significant differences in adopting m-learning by smartphones despite the fact that they have different learning patterns. The m-learning frequencies of smartphones generally range from weekly to monthly, where using search engines is the most frequent, and reading academic resources is the least frequent. They tend to use these services for handling their daily routines (such as search engine, social networks) rather than their academic activities (such as using online databases to search for academic materials). Further, the results also show that content displaying issues (e.g., small display screen, text unable to enlarge) are barriers for most subjects in using these m-learning services.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/76372
ISSN: 0099-1333
EISSN: 1879-1999
DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.004
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