Msc Thesis Essay

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Note: achieves a distinction but the report does not fully reflect what was shown at demo] Mobile Devices and Their Impact on the Learning Environment.
By Stuart Greig – GT320827

MSc Web Development
A project submitted in partial fulfilment of the award of Master of Science In Web Development from Staffordshire University Supervised by Philip Windridge and Alastair Dawes March 2014

Word Count: 14422 For the Attention of Philip Windridge
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Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences

Table of Contents
Table of Contents 2 Abstract 5 Acknowledgements 6 List of Figures 7 Introduction 8 Chapter 1: Research Methods 9 1.1 Qualitative or Quantitative? 9 1.1.1 Quantitative Research 9 1.1.2 Qualitative Research 10 1.2 Methods
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55 9.2.2 What can mobile devices add to the classroom and learning experience? 55 9.2.3 Is this application capable of making mobile devices more appealing? 56 9.3.3 Overall 56 References 59

Appendix A

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Section 1 E-Learning 64 1.1 Introduction 64 1.2 Evolution of e-learning 65 1.3 Why even attempt to educate using M-Learning? 1.4 Conclusions 70 Section 2 Current Initiatives 72 2.1 Learn Anywhere 72 2.1.1 Cost 72 2.1.2 Management 72 2.1.3 Reported Benefits 72 2.1 APPLE IN EDUCATION 73 2.2.1 Management 73 2.2.2 Reported Benefits 74 2.3 Other Schemes of Possible Interest 75 2.3.1 UNESCO Mobile Learning 75 2.3.2 Learning 2 Go 75 Section 3 Barriers to E-Learning 76 3.1 Attitudes as a barrier to E-Learning and M-Learning 3.1.1 Pedagogy as a barrier 76 3.1.2 Attitudes related to advanced age 78 3.1.3 Attitudes of software developers 79 3.1.4 What is Technophobia 80 3.1.5 Ignorance or Lack of Exposure 81 3.2 Cost Based Analysis 82 3.2.1 Purchasing 82 3.2.2 Leasing 83 3.2.3 Purchasing Desktop Devices 83 3.2.4 Leasing Mobile Devices 84 3.2.5 Purchasing Mobile Devices 85 Section 4 The Benefits of E-Learning 86 4.1 Accessibility Benefits 86 Section 5 Educational Theory 88 5.1 Student Centred Learning (SCL) 88 5.1.1 The Pupils Learning Experience within SCL 88 5.2 Action Based Learning 89 5.3 Problem Based Learning 92 5.4

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