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Moving toward a mobile learning landscape: presenting a mlearning integration framework

Helen Crompton (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Mobile devices transcend the educational affordances provided by conventional tethered electronic and traditional learning. However, empirical findings show that educators are not integrating technology effectively into the curriculum. This paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, a thematic synthesis methodology was used to develop and present a framework for thinking about the integration of mobile devices in teaching and learning.

Findings

The mobile learning (mlearning) integration framework comprises four main parts: beliefs, resources, methods and purpose. These four areas are elucidated to reveal the many sub-components that determine how technology is integrated.

Originality/value

An ecological framework is then presented to demonstrate how the individual parts of the initial framework operate through a complex, interconnected network of systems involving personal and environmental factors.

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Citation

Crompton, H. (2017), "Moving toward a mobile learning landscape: presenting a mlearning integration framework", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 97-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-02-2017-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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