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Students’ Perspectives on Utility of Mobile Applications in Higher Education

  • Naghmeh Aghaee
  • Ken Larsson
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 183)

Abstract

Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in pedagogy and learning in higher education supports the concept of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). Mobile devices and applications with educational purposes are part of using online ICT and facilitate autonomous learning in education. Using mobile applications for education has significantly improved in the last few years. However, there is still a gap, in which this concept is still not widely known and frequently experienced by learners. As a part of supporting TEL in higher education and filling this gap, the department of Computer and System Sciences at Stockholm University in Sweden is planning to develop a mobile application for the SciPro system. SciPro is the computer-mediated communication platform to support enhancement of thesis quality and facilitate autonomous learning in higher education, at both Bachelor and Master levels. This study aims to investigate and evaluate learners’ perspectives about utility of mobile applications in higher education and specifically to support SciPro functionalities. Almost 95% of the respondents use mobile applications for higher education and believe in the utility of mobile applications for supporting learning in higher education. This is while there are a few respondents (less than 5%), who do not fully share this opinion. More than 70% of the respondents think that a SciPro mobile application will add value to their thesis process. Even though it may not directly affect the speed and quality of the thesis, it will increase mobility, availability, and flexibility of accessing information and resources in SciPro.

Keywords

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Mobile Application Applications Learning Higher Education Thesis Process 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naghmeh Aghaee
    • 1
  • Ken Larsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and System SciencesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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