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Students' perceptions on using iPods in accounting education : a mobile-learning experience

Richardson, Peter, Dellaportas, Steven, Perera, Luckmika and Richardson, Ben 2013, Students' perceptions on using iPods in accounting education : a mobile-learning experience, Asian review of accounting, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 4-26, doi: 10.1108/13217341311316922.

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Title Students' perceptions on using iPods in accounting education : a mobile-learning experience
Author(s) Richardson, Peter
Dellaportas, Steven
Perera, LuckmikaORCID iD for Perera, Luckmika orcid.org/0000-0003-4904-818X
Richardson, Ben
Journal name Asian review of accounting
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 4
End page 26
Total pages 23
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1321-7348
1758-8863
Keyword(s) accounting education
iPods
learning styles
m-Learning
online learning
podcasting
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this study is to assess the benefits derived from the application of mobile devices as part of the students’ online learning experience and the extent to which the perceived benefits are linked to student learning styles.

Design/methodology/approach – A small group of students enrolled in an exclusively online graduate accounting program were issued with iPods as part of their learning materials. Two data collection instruments were issued: a questionnaire to elicit students’ opinions on the usefulness of the iPod as a tool for learning; and a questionnaire to establish their learning styles (using a VARK© questionnaire).

Findings – The findings indicate that the primary advantage of iPods lies in its portability, which, in turn, facilitated efficient and effective use of time and study planning. The portability attached to iPods allowed students to take advantage of what otherwise have been down-time, such as commuting. Students with a preference for visual learning rated the iPod as being important to their learning.

Research limitations/implications – The generalizability of the findings is limited due to the low sample size (23) that constrains the robustness of the results.

Originality/value – The exploratory nature of this study provides preliminary evidence on the perceived usefulness of handheld devices as a learning tool.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/13217341311316922
Field of Research 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052862

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