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Human-Computer Interaction Perspective on Mobile Learning: Gender and Social Implications

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submitted on 2024-03-19, 08:52 and posted on 2024-03-20, 06:40 authored by Ahmed Al-Hunaiyyan, Rana Alhajri, Salah Al-Sharhan, Andrew Bimba

The state of Kuwait has implemented a national e-learning initiative that included the distribution of mobile devices (Tablets) to be used by students and educators. Understanding the obstacles which currently prevent a successful roll-out, implementation, and adoption of mobile learning methods in Kuwait is vital. The opportunities for learners are particularly essential in this respect, and an absence of research remains an issue as far as Kuwait is concerned. This research was carried out within Kuwait Higher Education (HE) facilities to assess students' opinions and motivations for adopting this form of learning, aiming to analyse its efficacy and explore the social factors and gender issues that might impact extending mobile learning (m-learning) potential throughout Kuwait. A questionnaire has been central to this research, sent out to 620 students in total. Two statistical methods, an analysis of variance (ANOVA), and an independent-sample t-test, have been applied. The latter is essential for assessing if any statistical significance exists between two unrelated groups (male and female being the two independent variables). The results reveal disparities of age and gender while highlighting certain social and cultural factors that might prove to be obstacles that m-learning will need to overcome. A firm analysis of such issues will enable improved approaches to help learners' access and make the most robust m-learning methods.

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Published in: International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM)
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v15i11.21367


The University of Doha for Science and Technology replaced the now-former College of the North Atlantic-Qatar after an Amiri decision in 2022. UDST has become and first national applied University in Qatar; it is also second national University in the country.

Funding

Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

History

Language

  • English

Publisher

International Association of Online Engineering

Publication Year

  • 2021

License statement

This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • University of Doha for Science and Technology
  • College of Computing and Information Technology - UDST
  • College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (-2022)
  • School of Business and Information Technology - CNA-Q (-2022)

Geographic coverage

Kuwait