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m-learning in an off-campus environment : using iPods in accounting education

Richardson, Peter, Dellaportas, Steven, Perera, Luckmika and Richardson, Ben 2010, m-learning in an off-campus environment : using iPods in accounting education, in AFAANZ 2010 : Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, AFAANZ, [Christchurch,New Zealand], pp. 1-33.

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Title m-learning in an off-campus environment : using iPods in accounting education
Author(s) Richardson, Peter
Dellaportas, Steven
Perera, Luckmika
Richardson, Ben
Conference name Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Conference (2010 : Christchurch, New Zealand)
Conference location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference dates 4-6 July 2010
Title of proceedings AFAANZ 2010 : Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Start page 1
End page 33
Total pages 34
Publisher AFAANZ
Place of publication [Christchurch,New Zealand]
Keyword(s) Online learning
Blended learning
iPods
Summary The widening availability of the internet and the popularity of handheld devices such as Apple’s iPod are creating a generation of tech-savvy students who are becoming more demanding for innovative ways of accessing information. In this study thirty iPods were distributed to students studying an exclusively online graduate level accounting program at a mid-sized Australian university. The students were required to use their iPods as part of the course’s online learning environment. At the end of the semester students were given two questionnaires: (1) to illicit their opinions on the usefulness of the iPod as a learning tool, and (2) to establish their learning styles (using a VARK© questionnaire). The findings indicate that flexibility the perceived benefit of using iPods allowing more efficient and effective study time. In particular the mobility (m-learning) that allowed students to take advantage of what would otherwise be down-time such as travelling on public transport. Disadvantages related to the difficulty in reading text on a small screen and the ability to move to particular parts of a recorded lecture with precision. These comments were consistent for all demographics however students with a more visual learning style rated the iPod more important to their learning than other students. This study involved a small sample but the generally positive response to the use of iPods indicates that there would be value in further studies with larger groups.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, AFAANZ
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30030302

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