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By Seyed Ebrahim Hosseini, Ezzadeen Kaed and Abdulsalam Alhazmi
The use of mobile devices is increasing to exceeds millions of users and has become an important part of daily life. This wide spread has provided new advantages for a wide range of applications. In learning settings, the term M-Learning is considered the latest type of electronic learning introduced as a result of the mobile revolution in which new learning options are provided through mobile applications. This paper presents a review of M-Learning and summarises the main advantages as well as the potential challenges of mobile learning through mobile applications
Attitudes Towards the Use of Mobile Learning: A Case Study from the Gulf Region
By Mostafa Al-Emran and Khaled Shaalan
In the last few years, the way we learn has been shifted dramatically from traditional classrooms depending on printed papers into E-learning depending on digital pages. Mobile learning (M-learning) is a recent technology that has been developed rapidly to deliver E-learning using personal mobile devices without posing any restrictions on time and location. In this work, we investigate students and faculty members’ attitudes towards the use of M-learning in higher educational institutions within two countries in the Gulf Region (Oman & UAE). Two questionnaire surveys have been conducted: one for students and another for faculty members. In these surveys, 383 students and 54 instructors have taken part within the study. An independent sample t-test was performed to examine whether there exist a significant difference among the students’ attitudes and the faculty members’ attitudes towards the use of M-learning with regard to gender and country. Results indicated that students in the UAE were more positive towards the use of M-learning than those in Oman. Moreover, results revealed that 99% of the students own mobile devices, in particular smartphones and tablets, while only 1% has not. Results of this study could help policy makers for better decision making in building the M-learning infrastructure in the higher educational institutions in general and specifically within the Arab Gulf region.
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