Investigating Mobile Devices Integration in Higher Education in Cyprus: Faculty Perspectives

Nikleia Eteokleous, Despo Ktoridou

Abstract


Mobile devices are everywhere and mobile learning has emerged as a potential educational environment; however it is relatively new to Cyprus educational system. The purpose of this research work is to assess and determine the readiness; and evaluate the viability of integrating mobile technology in Cyprus higher education level. To address the above, a mixed method approach is employed making use of quantitative and qualitative data from faculty members working in three private universities in Cyprus. Faculty reactions were mixed with some of them seeing the benefits for mobile learning while others have doubts. The results summarize the technological and pedagogical aspects to be considered prior integrating mobile devices. Additionally, the study supports that one of the major barriers to educators is the lack of understanding regarding mobile devices integration in the teaching and learning process. Finally, there is a need to develop well-defined and well-structured requirements for mobile integration in the classroom.

Keywords


mobile devices, higher education, faculty perspectives, technological & pedagogical aspects

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) – eISSN: 1865-7923
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