Student Experience and Ubiquitous Learning in Higher Education: Impact of Wireless and Cloud Applications


Mobile learning apps for smartphones and tablet computer devices have entered Higher Education (HE) market. While universities are investing in new technologies, they also look into cost reduction strategies, including cloud computing. We draw upon a case study of a successful migration to mobile virtual environment and effective use of cloud computing at a UK university. Success factors and challenges of these emerging technologies in HE are discussed. The paper concludes with the consideration of student experience implications and research questions which need addressing in the area of ubiquitous learning.

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Benson, V. & Morgan, S. (2013). Student Experience and Ubiquitous Learning in Higher Education: Impact of Wireless and Cloud Applications. Creative Education, 4, 1-5. doi: 10.4236/ce.2013.48A001.

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