The Use of Mobile Technologies by Undergraduate Students from the University of Puerto Rico System

By Jose Sanchez and Noraida Domínguez.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This study documents mobile technologies usage by undergraduate students at a major university. The researchers wanted to explore how these devices are currently being used for academic purposes by first year undergraduate students. Although it is known that current students, part of the iGeneration, are immersed in new mobile technologies usage, there is still the need to examine and describe the uses of these technologies for academic purposes.

At present, over 90% of higher education institutions in Puerto Rico have on-line courses both at the graduate and undergraduate level. However, there is no report of research conducted in this area. A questionnaire was developed and administered to over 1,800 entering students from every campus of the University of Puerto Rico from a total of 9,314 that entered the university system in August 2012.

Results of the study show intense usage of mobile technology by this population. It also yields data that could lead to a better understanding of the potential of these technologies to strengthen academic tasks. Of particular interest are the ways in which academic libraries can take advantage of these technologies to disseminate relevant information products and services.

Keywords: Theme: Social Transformations, Mobile Technology, Higher Education, Library and Information Services, iGeneration, mobile learners

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.53-66. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 782.161KB).

Dr. Jose Sanchez

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Professor of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technologies at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and Coordinator of the UPR Libraries Community of Practice Project. Researcher at the Observatory for Information Related Studies. Project Director of Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans, Title V, United States Department of Education.

Dr. Noraida Domínguez

Librarian, Library and Resource Center, Univerity of Puerto Rico at Carolina, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico