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Would Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) be welcomed by undergraduate students to support their learning during fieldwork?

Welsh, K. E., Mauchline, A. L., France, D., Powell, V., Whalley, W. B. and Park, J. (2018) Would Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) be welcomed by undergraduate students to support their learning during fieldwork? Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 42 (3). pp. 356-371. ISSN 1466-1845

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2018.1437396

Abstract/Summary

This paper reports student perceptions of the benefits and challenges of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in a fieldwork context. Student perceptions from six field courses across two institutions have been gathered using questionnaires and focus groups. Whilst a number of studies have focused on BYOD in a classroom context, little research has been undertaken about BYOD in a fieldwork context. The key findings suggest that around one fifth of students were not willing to use their own device during fieldwork citing loss or damage as the main reason. This key challenge is different to that which are found in a classroom which generally focus on network security, connectivity etc. The findings also suggest that some students believe that BYOD can have a negative impact on group work. There is a misalignment here between student and practitioner thinking with previous literature which suggests that practitioners believe BYOD and smart devices can enhance group work. The one key challenge which is found regardless of learning environment is inequality between those who have a device and those who do not.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:74752
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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