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Title: Factors that influence teachers' decisions to use smartphone clicker apps to enhance teacher-student interactions in university classrooms in Saudi Arabia
Contributor(s): Aljaloud, Abdulaziz (author); Billingsley, William  (author)orcid ; Kwan, Paul  (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Early Online Version: 2018-04-25
DOI: 10.1080/23735082.2018.1459802
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Abstract: Smartphone clicker apps are increasingly used in university classrooms to facilitate teacher–student interaction and collaborative learning. This study aimed to identify the factors that influence teachers’ decisions to adopt smartphone clicker app technology to enhance teacher–student interactions in university classrooms in Saudi Arabia. A mixed-method study design was employed in this study. Thirty-three teachers from a Computer Science faculty completed a questionnaire and 14 of them participated in focus group interviews to provide their views. Two main findings emerged in this study: positive and significant relationships between teachers’ perceptions of the smartphone clicker app’s ease of use and its perceived usefulness; and a significant relationship between teachers’ perceptions of the usefulness of the smartphone clicker app and their attitude towards its use in the classroom. This study also identified that training on how to implement the smartphone clicker app effectively in lesson activities is a significant influence on teachers’ perceptions of the usefulness of, and their decision to use, the app. The main implication of these findings is that smartphone clicker app developers and user training coordinators must consider teachers’ perceptions of the suitability of the technology and their desire to design learning tasks to facilitate student participation and engagement.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Learning: Research and Practice, 5(1), p. 67-86
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2373-5090
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
080502 Mobile Technologies
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390303 Higher education
390405 Educational technology and computing
460608 Mobile computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
220401 Application software packages
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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