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Ubiquitous learning at the University of Tasmania? Mobile Device Usage in Faculty of Health Students


Chapman, JA and Mulcahy, S and Kregor, GM and Williams, A-M, Ubiquitous learning at the University of Tasmania? Mobile Device Usage in Faculty of Health Students, Teaching Matters 2014, 2-3 December, 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is a leade of online learning with the numbers of external and multi-modal students increasing more than the national average. The UTAS Open to Talent and TELT White Paper call for the embracing of technology and a shift to more blended learning, but are our students able to accommodate this change? We extended our 2012 survey of student’s use of mobile computing devices (MCDs) in the School of Medicine (Chapman & Williams, 2012) to the students within the Faculty of Health. More than half of the respondents were external or multi-modal students (33% and 20%, respectively). Nine out often students owned a smartphone (increasing from 76% in 2012) or a laptop, 54% owned a tablet computer (increasing from 18% in 2012), while 8 out of 10 students owned two devices and around half of the students owned all three MCDs. This level of ownership appears to be generally greater than that of the general Australian population. Despite the fact that ownership is high, only one in three students regularly bring their laptops to campus, while only slightly more bring their tablet computer; smartphones, then appear to be a student’s ‘true’ mobile device, and around 1 in 10 free-form responses called for an improved UTAS app to improve their university experience. These findings support the strategic move towards ubiquitous student learning and development of high quality learning resources for mobile devices should particularly be encouraged.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:mobile learning m-learning e-learning laptop tablet smartphone
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Chapman, JA (Dr Jamie Chapman)
UTAS Author:Mulcahy, S (Ms Sue Mulcahy)
UTAS Author:Kregor, GM (Mr Gerry Kregor)
UTAS Author:Williams, A-M (Dr Anne-Marie Williams)
ID Code:96793
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-11-21
Last Modified:2014-11-21

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