Acceptance of smartphone as a mobile learning tool among the students of engineering in New Zealand
Fox-Turnbull, W. H. (2018). Acceptance of smartphone as a mobile learning tool among the students of engineering in New Zealand. Information Technologies and Learning Tools Theory, Methods and Practice of Using ICT in Education, (4).
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Smartphones today are ubiquitous and are influencing our everyday life and have unsettled many age-old tasks, activities, devices, gadgets, tools and technologies with their redefined usage and definitions. They have strong computing capabilities built into small sizes, and are equipped with intuitive operating systems, connectivity, smart sensors and applications. They have become excellent multipurpose tools that can access learning content while providing prompt and handy communication. The understanding of the parameters that govern the smartphone’s customised and personalised integration into education is the key to a successful acceptance and assimilation of this device as a learning tool. Technology acceptance models are used in studies aimed at predicting and explaining the user’s behaviours towards the acceptance and usage of new technologies. This research reports on findings that focused on analysing the acceptance of smartphones as learning tools for the College of Engineering students at a major university in New Zealand. This study was guided by the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) model.
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