Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
Rysavy, Sister Del Marie
Creative Commons License
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Perceptions, Mobile devices, Engagement Theory, Learning Engagement
The use of mobile devices in the college classroom can enhance learning engagement, leading to enhanced learning outcomes. There is scant research on college student perceptions of learning engagement using mobile devices in the classroom. The purpose of this qualitative research was to explores upper-class undergraduate computer science college students’ perceptions about their use of mobile devices in the classroom. Research questions were designed to explore how college students believe their classroom engagement is impacted by mobile device technology use. The theory of engagement, including intellectual, social, and behavioral components, served as the theoretical framework. This research applies interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore how interviewees made sense of the observation. The sample included 11 upper-class undergraduate students in a computer science course at a Minnesota university. Transcripts were coded in NVivo 12, and analysis of the interview responses reveal three themes: Making the Most of Mobile Devices for Academic Purposes, Mobile Device Use Improves Social Interaction with Classmates, and Using Mobile Devices Improves Motivation Through Greater Engagement. Interviewees used mobile devices for class purposes, inside and outside of the classroom, and for synchronous and asynchronous online classes. Interviewees reported avoiding distractions and using their mobile devices to enhance learning; overall, they reported better learning experiences with mobile devices. Practical implications of this research include training for instructors and developing guidelines for recommended uses of mobile device technology. Theoretical implications include that behavioral engagement may need to be redefined for college students. Recommendations for further research include theoretical research on behavioral control and identifying a more suitable engagement component than behavioral for college student engagement models, because behavioral engagement may not be as relevant to college students as it is to K-12 students.
Tomovic, Aleksandar, "Engagement Theory based Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Computer Science Students’ Perceptions of Their Learning Engagement Using Mobile Devices" (2021). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 52.