New Trends on Mobile Learning in The Light of Recent Studies

April 2015
Participatory Educational Research;Apr2015, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Since the beginning of the century, with the introduction of mobile devices, use of the concept of mobile learning, became frequent, along with e-learning, m-learning, concept began to come on the agenda. It can be said that determining in what proportion and in which axis m-learning concept discussed in the literature would be important for revealing the issues that are not discussed enough. Starting from this basic premise, the purpose of this research is examining the researches in the literature within the last three years, and identifying new approaches. Literature review was limited with ScienceDirect (one of international databases) and Ulakbim (a database from Turkey). In the scope of the research, 45 studies, 37 from Science Direct, 8 from Ulakbim Social Sciences Database were selected. In the study, each article was investigated with document analysis method. Articles were classified and examined. According to five different criteria the results obtained by this research are summarized as follows: Selected works from Turkey are mostly descriptive studies which try to determine students or faculty members' views. In almost all of these studies the opinions of the students were determined but the information about their past mobile learning experiences is not included in the researches. The studies selected from ScienceDirect have highly diversed subjects, they based on from different disciplines, different learning approaches and mostly try to find out the effectiveness of a developed original environment. In addition, in different subject areas in mobile learning, issues like students' academic achievements, attitudes and perceptions of influence, teacher/teaching staff attitudes or perceptions, adaptable mobile environments, cooperative mobile environments, mobile environments self-regulated learning, mobile environments of information presented in different ways the effects of game-based mobile learning, note-taking with mobile tools, mobile applications in formal education, and mobile augmented reality environments become prominent.


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