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Mobile Learning among Physiotherapy Undergraduates:An Evaluation of Current Status, Dispositions and Performance


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Mobile phones have become an almost essential part of daily life since their inception. They offer a lot of advantages especially offering participatory learning for the students. Their ability to provide learning apparatuses beyond the time and space dimension makes them all the more acceptable for current millennial generation. Thus this study tries to find out whether physiotherapy students are inclined towards the usage of mobile leaning and how is it affecting their academic performance.

Method: The study was conducted on 120 Bachelor of Physiotherapy students who were using smart phones from at least a year through a self reported questionnaire.

Result: Majority of the participants perceived m learning as advantageous though there were some disadvantages and barriers perceived as well. As anticipated, both by users and from the literature, universal internet access and screen size were a major limitation to device use.

Conclusion: M-learning devices can have a positive impact on the learning experiences of physiotherapy students. The results supported the feasibility of providing mLearning devices to support learning. However, universal internet and screen size are the fundamental limitation to optimal device utilization.


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Mobile Learning, Physiotherapy Students, Learning and Study Skills, Information and Communication Technology.
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Nidhi Kalra
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, Haryana, India
Pratibha Singh
Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, Haryana, India

Abstract


Mobile phones have become an almost essential part of daily life since their inception. They offer a lot of advantages especially offering participatory learning for the students. Their ability to provide learning apparatuses beyond the time and space dimension makes them all the more acceptable for current millennial generation. Thus this study tries to find out whether physiotherapy students are inclined towards the usage of mobile leaning and how is it affecting their academic performance.

Method: The study was conducted on 120 Bachelor of Physiotherapy students who were using smart phones from at least a year through a self reported questionnaire.

Result: Majority of the participants perceived m learning as advantageous though there were some disadvantages and barriers perceived as well. As anticipated, both by users and from the literature, universal internet access and screen size were a major limitation to device use.

Conclusion: M-learning devices can have a positive impact on the learning experiences of physiotherapy students. The results supported the feasibility of providing mLearning devices to support learning. However, universal internet and screen size are the fundamental limitation to optimal device utilization.


Keywords


Mobile Learning, Physiotherapy Students, Learning and Study Skills, Information and Communication Technology.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.37506/v10%2Fi12%2F2019%2Fijphrd%2F192204