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Unleashing mobile phones for research supervision support at Makerere University, Uganda: the lessons learned

TitleUnleashing mobile phones for research supervision support at Makerere University, Uganda: the lessons learned
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMuyinda, PBirevu, Lubega, J, Lynch, K
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL)
Volume7
Issue1
Pagination14-34
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN1741-8089
Keywordscell phones, Developing countries, Distance Learning, e-learning, educational innovation, electronic learning, higher education, innovative learning, learner motivation, m-learning, makerere university, mobile learning, mobile phones, mobile research supervision, MRSI, online learning, student satisfaction, Uganda, universities
Abstract

This paper provides the lessons learned in an m-learning initiative to support distance learning students undertaking a field research project. Learner survey and staff interview data revealed that m-learning overcomes the odds that inhibit the implementation of 'conventional' e-learning and creates a platform for regular interaction. M-learning creates a customer care attitude and intimacy between the interacting parties, hence removing the phobia that students attach to lecturers. It encourages active learning, paces learners and improves learner satisfaction and motivation. On the contrary, m-learning creates cognitive overload for a lecturer facilitating a large group of students and introduces a strange vocabulary

URLhttp://inderscience.metapress.com/content/w13422q670rl0403/