M-learning in higher education in Bahrain: the educators' view

Marinakou, Evangelia and Giousmpasoglou, Charalampos (2014) M-learning in higher education in Bahrain: the educators' view. In: 6th e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East Conference, 03-05 March 2014, Dubai, UAE. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Universities in the oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) have shown particular interest in m-learning which currently is treated as fashion, but at the same time is considered by corporations and educational institutions to be very promising. This papers investigates the adoption of m-learning at universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and explores the educators’ views and perceptions of m-learning, as well as its future potential in higher education. A survey questionnaire was distributed to instructors in four universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain, both private and public. This papers presents the pilot study, which includes the results of 45 responses. The findings suggest that although most of the educators understand the concept and they use M-Learning tools to some limited extent, there is a long way until we reach full integration with curriculum and the blended learning approach. In addition, despite the fact that most educators understand the necessity and role of M-Learning in content delivery, they do not seem to embrace at its full potential, as it is mainly used for communication purposes and navigation. The paper proposes that m-learning provides opportunities for more creativity in designing and delivering the course with further enhancement of the student experience, but it will be utilized in its full potential in the area within the next 5 years. This study provides guidance to instructors on the potential of m-learning and the need to change the teaching and learning culture to student-oriented for more effective and appropriate use of m-learning. TI highlights the need for institutions to invest in faculty and staff training, and in technology as well as provides suggestions to other stakeholders on the need to incorporate m-learning in decision-making for further development in the region.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education
Computing
Depositing User: Babis Giousmpasoglou
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2016 15:59
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 10:43
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1541

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