Smartphone usage for learning among postgraduate students
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Keywords

e-learning
handheld learning device
learning
smartphone
students

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Rahman, K. T. (2021). Smartphone usage for learning among postgraduate students. TARAN-AWAN Journal of Educational Research and Technology Management, 2(1), 1-11. Retrieved from https://journal.evsu.edu.ph/index.php/tjertm/article/view/254

Abstract

This study explores the numerous effects smartphones have on learning among postgraduate students. Research objectives were formulated from the gaps in literature which comprise of exploring influential factors, pros and cons along with academic performance, which surround smartphone usage in an educational setting. Moreover, this study followed a cross-sectional research design consisting of a purposive sampling technique. Template analysis was conducted on data collected via telephonic interviews. Altogether, the results revealed that 40% of respondents believe that the internet is a key influential factor when it comes to using smartphones for educational purposes. In addition, many of the benefits and drawbacks of smartphone usage in learning were highlighted by the students. Seventy per cent vouched for being able to learn while away from laptops whereas 60% said it was distracting. Plus, 80% of respondents perceive that smartphone usage does not have an impact on their academic standing. They associated more importance to the primary ways of learning through computers and laptops. Assessments were also drawn using popular theoretical concepts like Goodhue and Thompson’s Technology-to-Performance Chain (TPC) model. Henceforth, this study has enriched the existing literature in terms of novel contributions. It is recommended that future researchers conduct experiments on a larger sample size to further enrich smartphone literature.

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