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Mobile devices for learning in Malaysia: Then and now

Presentation at ASCILITE 2013, 1-4 December

Helena Song

on 28 November 2013

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Transcript of Mobile devices for learning in Malaysia: Then and now

years later ...
Then and now:
Profile of Malaysian mobile users
Mobile learning research landscape
in Malaysia
Research focused around the use of mobile devices for learning and teaching is gradually gaining prominence

The formation of the Mobile Learning Association of Malaysia (MLAM), which was officially registered on 21 January 2011.

1st International Conference on Mobile Learning, Application and Services (mobilcase2012) that was held in September 2012.

Publication of "Mobile Learning: Malaysian Initiatives & Research Findings" - a joint effort between academics of higher education institutions and the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

Mobile devices for learning in Malaysia

Percentage of Malaysian students who own or have access mobile technologies and other devices
Almost 40 per cent of Malaysia’s population owns at least two mobile phones with a penetration rate of some 137.7 per cent

Within two years almost 60 per cent of the Malaysian population will own a smartphone.

Malaysians were also found to be among the most prolific users of their smartphones, spending an average of 6.4 hours a week accessing the internet through their devices.

(NST-Business Times, 2013)
Professor Dr Mohamed Amin Embi, Dr Norazah Mohd Nordin and team
level of readiness for mobile learning of both teachers and students
perception studies
Dr Koo Ah Choo, Helena Song, Mislina Atan, Ang Kok Yew and team
affective use of mobile and ubiquitous learning with a focus on health-care
use of mobile technology in the special needs community
using mobile devices in class to teach probability
Professor Dr Zoraiti Wati Abas and team
how mobile learning operates and function in the open and distance learning environment
Professor Dr Rozhan M. Idrus and team
functionality of mobile technologies and services in distance education
Then and now
Results from a survey mapping students’ use of mobile devices for learning from 2008 was compared and contrasted to the results obtained from another survey conducted second quarter of this year.

years later ...
Helena Song
Angela Murphy
Helen Farley
Large proportion of students used non-mobile devices for accessing the university’s Learning Management System,
for e-learning, searching of reference databases and
general information searches
The use of mobile devices to support
learning was less frequent and
students mostly used mobile devices
for entertainment, leisure
and social purposes
76 per cent of students who owned smartphones used them for learning activities. Smartphones were mostly used for taking photos and videos to support learning (91 per cent), communicating on social media sites (79 per cent), taking notes (77 per cent) and sharing information with other students (74 per cent), sending and receiving emails from course leaders or peers (61 per cent), accessing or reading course materials (57 per cent) and searching the internet for course related information (55 per cent). A third (34 per cent) of the students who owned smartphones used them for accessing the university’s LMS.
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