College professors' perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of mobile computing
Soefijanto, Totok Amin
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This study employed quantitative and qualitative methods and was conducted in two phases: (1) survey of 30 professors in summer 2003, and (2) case study of five professors in fall 2003. The main research question was "what do college professors perceive to be the pedagogical advantages and disadvantages of mobile computing in courses that require its use by students?" The study showed that the most important pedagogical advantages of mobile computing were (1) "improving professor-student communication," (2) "encouraging collaboration in common experience where students learn in groups that would improve their teamwork skills," and (3) "improvement in their capabilities as faculty in designing assignments that meet student needs." The pedagogical disadvantage was "too many e-mails to read." This study also found that many professors were working on the computer off and on campus. Some of them even worked beyond evening to early morning hours, and also during the weekend.
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