Synthesis of a Framework of Design Guidelines for m-Learning Environments - A Study in a Tertiary Education Context in South Africa

Patricia Harpur, Ruth de Villiers

Abstract

Smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous in educational contexts, where students on-the-move expect access to learning material via a range of digital devices in a mobile and transparent manner, whether on or off campus. A successful m-learning experience can be facilitated by a mobile learning environment which is efficient and effective, and that satisfies the users’ versatile needs. An ad hoc design and development strategy that ignores design principles and guidelines, restricts the likelihood of successful m-learning experiences. This study was implemented in a tertiary education context and aimed to establish – from dual perspectives – a framework of design and development guidelines for m-learning environments. An initial set of themes and guidelines was synthesized from a comprehensive literature study. Secondly, the outcomes of a series of iterative evaluations of an m-learning application, Mobile Learning Research (m-LR) were used to generate new themes and guidelines. The quantitative and qualitative findings of heuristic evaluations by experts and questionnaire surveys administered to students, provided positive and negative feedback that was converted to a set of practical guidelines. Jointly, the initial theoretical guidelines and the subsequent empirical findings contributed to the synthesis of a comprehensive and cohesive set of design guidelines for m-learning environments.

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Harpur P. and de Villiers R. (2014). Synthesis of a Framework of Design Guidelines for m-Learning Environments - A Study in a Tertiary Education Context in South Africa . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-020-8, pages 133-143. DOI: 10.5220/0004874501330143


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author={Patricia Harpur and Ruth de Villiers},
title={Synthesis of a Framework of Design Guidelines for m-Learning Environments - A Study in a Tertiary Education Context in South Africa},
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year={2014},
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doi={10.5220/0004874501330143},
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JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Synthesis of a Framework of Design Guidelines for m-Learning Environments - A Study in a Tertiary Education Context in South Africa
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AU - Harpur P.
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