If I were conducting the research in this area, my next step would be to continue the same survey questions, onthe next wave of undergraduate and graduate students. This survey can be done year after year, especiallysince the frequency and dominance of mobile devices is rapidly growing. Another important area to researchnext is how to determine what pieces of a course should be mobile compatible and what pieces should not be
mobile compatible. The “too much of a good thing” could apply here, in t
hat we do not want to make more thannecessary mobile compatible so that we do not loose students
’ interest in mobile learning
. Another area toresearch next is how universities can incorporate their systems seamlessly onto mobile platforms. This will bea challenge for all universities over the next few years.
This study clearly defines the three research questions at the beginning of the article, then clearly responds tothese three questions at the end of the research. I find this review of the literature very useful. The article or case study is well organized. The authors provide enough background on the study by giving insight into prior research that was taken into account, who supported the research, background on the respondents, the threemain research questions for the survey, how the material for the survey was determined, extensive surveyresults, conclusion of the results, answers to the initial research questions, and what it all means. The authorswere critical of their survey results, by providing possible reasons for the data results. For example, the highusage of Blackberry devices among the graduate students could be explained by the devices being given to off duty officers. Or suspecting the usage of PCs and PDAs would increase significantly if the study wasconducted at a later date because the release of the iPad happened right before the study was conducted.The researchers do write for a wider audience. The audience does not need to know in great detail aboutinstructional design of prior knowledge of mobile learning. The writing is well organized and explained. Theuse of graphs throughout the article helps explain the survey results beyond what the text says.I find this article extremely beneficial to my topic of mobile learning. Currently, I am helping to develop a mobilestrategy for corporate sales training at work. We have sales agents across the country that are independentbusiness owners. This means we cannot require them to take training or surveys. This makes it difficult todetermine how many are using mobile devices, or what information they would like to have on a mobile device.Research such as this case study helps determine usage within the field based on other surveys conducted. At the end of this report, it is clear that my assumptions around mobile device usage are true. The majority of students, at the time surveyed, have a smartphone and are interested in mobile learning. Since mobilelearning is a relatively new topic, even early research is beneficial. However, the research is not overlysurprising, nor does it suggest any learning theories. I would have liked the article to go into more detail onlearning theories to apply to a mobile learning strategy. However, this case study focused primarily on thesurvey conducted, not how to develop a mobile learning strategy. The researchers provide other surveys asreferences, or theories used to develop the survey, but they do not go beyond that. Since it is still a new andemerging topic, at the time the article was written it was just on the brink of the capabilities of mobile learning. Ibelieve more can be gained from furthering this case study.
Overall, I do find this case study valuable. The data collected is useful in determining the current usage of mobile devices among undergraduate and graduate students, as well as their opinions on future usage. Thestudy does have its limitations in that it only focused on surveying students and not on implementing a strategy. Another limitation is the duration of the study since it took place just as iPads were introduced to the market.Today, the results could be significantly different. I did find this study useful to determine what learners would