Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education

A recent study published on Educause takes a look into the mobile learning practices of students in higher education.

The study notes that mobile device usage has increased significantly among college students, and that they favor small and lightweight devices such as smartphones and tablets. However 85% of students still consider a laptop to be the most important device for academic success.

As mobile device use expands on campus, the study looks to understand how the students are using their devices. Students were given a survey to determine device prevalence and if they were being used for academic purposes. The study found that 91% of student owned a smartphone while only 58% of those students used them for academic purposes. Tablet ownership was only 37% of those questioned, though 82% of owners used them for school.

In the study, it was also found that there was a negative relationship between the GPA of students and their use of mobile devices for academic purposes. It found that students with lower GPAs tended to use mobile devices more frequently than those with higher GPAs.

The study goes on to note that the results of the survey do not infer a causal relationship between mobile device usage and student learning. It also suggests promoting a digital literacy curriculum or training to assist students in adopting knowledge and learning practices and to engage them with digital media for learning.