Faculty Perspectives on Web Learning Apps and Mobile Devices on Student Engagement

Pedro Coelhoso, Stavroula Kalogeras
Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice  •  Volume 23  •  2024  •  pp. 003

The digital ecosystem has contributed to the acceleration of digital and mobile educational tools across institutions worldwide. The research displays educators’ perspectives on web applications on mobile devices that can be used to engage and challenge students while impacting their learning.

Explored are elements of technology in education and challenges and successes reported by instructors to shift learning from static to dynamic.

Insights for this study were gained through questionnaires and focus groups with university educators in the United Arab Emirates. Key questions addressed are (1) challenges/benefits, (2) types of mobile technology applications used by educators, and (3) strategies educators use to support student learning through apps. The research is assisted by focus groups and a sample of 42 completed questionnaires.

The work contributes to web/mobile strategic considerations in the classroom that can support student learning and outcomes.

The results reported showcase apps that were successfully implemented in classrooms and provide a perspective for today’s learning environment that could be useful for instructors, course developers, or any educational institutions.

Academics can integrate suggested tools and explore engagement and positive associations with tools and technologies.

Researchers can consider new learning applications, mobile devices, course design, learning strategies, and student engagement practices for future studies.

Digitization and global trends are changing how educators teach, and students learn; therefore, gaps need to be continually filled to keep up with the pace of ever-evolving digital technologies that can engage student learning.

Future research may focus on interactive approaches toward mobile devices in higher education learning and shorter learning activities to engage students.

mobile instructional technology, mobile devices, higher education, apps in education, mobile learning
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