Problems and prospects of mobile learning devices among undergraduate students
Dr. FO Anikpo
This study is an exploration of the problems and prospects of mobile learning devices in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt. The analytic descriptive survey design was adopted. A sample of 100 undergraduate students took part in the study. A questionnaire was used for data collection. The Cronbach alpha reliability test model was used to establish the reliability of a questionnaire to obtain an index of 0.72. The study was guided by two research questions. Mean and Standard Deviation (SD) were used for data analysis. The mean rating of the students showed that they encountered some possible challenges while using their mobile learning devices for academic purposes, 2.53, SD=0.76. The key challenges of using mobile learning devices for academic purposes was that it has short battery lifespan (M=3.42, SD=0.73). This was followed by the fact that mobile learning devices are very expensive (M=3.33, SD=0.83), while the least was that it is time-consuming (M=2.81, SD=1.07). The students rated the possible ways to improve on the challenges of using mobile devices for learning purposes, 2.89, SD=1.13 above the criterion mean of 2.5 The key possible solution for the challenges was the constant power supply (M=3.87, SD=0.34). This was closely followed by low subscription rates for online courses (M=3.63, SD=0.52) while the least was the provision of learning materials (M=3.40, SD=0.65). It was recommended among others that government through the various school authorities should ensure that there is constant power supply at all times as these devices cannot operate without electrical power.