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Practices and challenges in an emerging m-learning environment
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4855-1971
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
Dalarna University.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56107DiVA: diva2:1078641
Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-03-06 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
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1. On Emerging Mobile Learning Environments
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates issues pertaining to the implementation of mobile learning and particularly the use of learning content management systems and mobile devices in university education. The thesis is positioned at the intersection of the research areas of information systems and education. The general view of technology is grounded in the field of information systems, but it is connected to the field of learning using the framework for the rational analysis of mobile education (FRAME). The point of enquiry was chosen based on the fact that the number of people who use mobile devices today is higher than the number of people who use desktop computers. This presents an opportunity for higher education institutions to increase the reach of education services by means of delivering them on mobile devices. This, of course, also presents challenges.

The thesis is situated in the interpretive paradigm and the methodological approach was action research. Data was collected through review of literature, interviews, focus group discussions, observations and online surveys. Findings suggest that mobile learning cannot replace existing forms of learning in least developed countries but blended learning is a feasible alternative. Three units of analysis were used and found to be significant for studying and evaluating mobile learning, the technical artefact, the social artefact and the information artefact, together making up the information systems artefact. The thesis contributes to theory by discussing how mobile learning can be seen to be constructed as an information systems artefact through these three constructs. Advancements in virtual learning technology may bring a new wave of learning management systems. The nature of the next generation of learning content management systems is a topic for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2017. 131 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Informatics, 12
Keyword
Mobile learning, LCMS, Mobile phones, FRAME, Emerging Mobile Learning Environments, IS artefact, Action research, CAR, LDCs
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54800 (URN)978-91-7529-178-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-28, Örebro universitet, rum P201, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-01-18 Created: 2017-01-18 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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