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Mobile Learning Readiness in Caribbean Tertiary Institutions - Are We Ready? PROCEEDINGS

, University of the West Indies, Trinidad And Tobago ; , University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago ; , University of the West Indies- Open Campus, Trinidad And Tobago

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Throughout the Caribbean region, access to tertiary education is increasingly becoming a priority of governments. In recent years, there has been a gradual shift from face to face instruction to blended and online learning. As we strive to provide more flexible learning environments, this study investigates the readiness of students and faculty to use mobile technologies to enhance and support teaching and learning. The 178 participants surveyed comprised students and facilitators from two Caribbean universities delivering a combination of face-to-face, blended and online Bachelor of Education programmes. The study sought to determine the degree of mobile device ownership, willingness to purchase mobile devices, usage patterns and access to services as well as perceptions of mobile learning utility in the Caribbean context. Despite some reservations, 92 percent of respondents expressed readiness and willingness to embrace mobile learning at the Caribbean tertiary institutions.

Citation

Figaro-Henry, S., Mitchell, I. & Grant-Fraser, E. (2011). Mobile Learning Readiness in Caribbean Tertiary Institutions - Are We Ready?. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (pp. 1193-1198). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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