Student perceptions of iPads as mobile learning devices for fieldwork
AuthorsWelsh, Katharine E.
Park, Julian R.
Whalley, W. Brian
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis paper reports findings from six field courses about student’s perceptions of iPads as mobile learning devices for fieldwork. Data were collected through surveys and focus groups. The key findings suggest that the multi-tool nature of the iPads and their portability were the main strengths. Students had some concerns over the safety of the iPads in adverse weather and rugged environments, though most of these concerns were eliminated after using the devices with protective cases. Reduced connectivity was found to be one of the main challenges for mobile learning. Finally, students and practitioners views of why they used the mobile devices for fieldwork did not align.
CitationWelsh, K. E., Mauchline, A. L., Powell, V., France, D., Park, J. R., & Whalley, W. B. (2015). Student perceptions of iPads as mobile learning devices for fieldwork. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 39(3), 450-469.
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Geography in Higher Education on 01/09/2015, available online: DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2015.1066315