mLearning in Malaysian Universities: Local Ethical Considerations for Mobile Phone Use

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Australian and New Zealand Mobile Learning Group (anzMLearn)
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Transactions on Mobile Learning, 2013, 2 (1), pp. 15 - 19
Issue Date:
2013-01
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Ethical policies are significant in regulating the use of mobile phones for mLearning. However, in developing countries, such as Malaysia, this area is fairly new. This article discusses research conducted within the Malaysian university system to gain perspectives from academics and students about the use of mobile phones for learning. The research methods used were interviews and focus groups. The findings were grouped according to several themes: concerns about the use of mobile phones inside the classroom; regulation and self-regulation of mobile phone use; banning of mobile phones from the classroom; allowing their use in emergency and special situations; uncertainty about ethical policies for using mobile phones; and worries about students potential disconnection from social life. Various approaches to regulate mobile phone use were discovered and are discussed in this article.
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