Youth prefer learning through their phones

A RECENT poll among those aged between 15 and 34 showed that more than half of mobile phone users use their devices at home for learning purposes.

The research, conducted by the UCSI Poll Research Centre, revealed that 65% of respondents use their mobile phones at home for learning purposes, while 18% use it at their workplace and the remaining 16% used their mobile phones at school or learning institutions.

A total of 518 respondents were part of the study done to show mobile users’ readiness towards mobile learning (m-learning).

A total of 59.5% stated that their learning productivity increased when using mobile phones while 59.3% said they intended to continue using

their mobile phones

for learning purposes in the future. Just over half, or 53.3%, of them agreed that m-learning is appropriate with the current situation where learning has to move online.

Additionally, a total of 68.1% of respondents agreed that the usage of mobile phones for learning is useful and provides easy access to information, the research centre said in a press release.

While 49% of the respondents said most people in the community used mobile phones to learn, 58.7% planned to use their mobile phones more frequently for learning purposes.

Another 58.5% acknowledged that mobile learning is more interesting.

UCSI Poll Research Centre director Assoc Prof Dr Pek Chuen Khee said while the public is ready, the infrastructure provided, especially those relating to Internet connectivity, can still be improved.

M-learning, he said, is not something new and has been here even before Covid-19.

”This method of learning is needed for today’s generation.

“In Malaysia, the public has shown that it is ready to move towards m-learning but we need to customise our current teaching methods to better fit the m-learning mode.

“The government has to play a vital role in ensuring that Internet connection is strong because IT is the key to m-learning,” he added.

Due to the pandemic, he said the acceptance towards m-learning has increased immensely. It has turned what was previously seen as impossible into a reality.

The m-learning method, he added, is a way for learning institutions to stay relevant in today’s world.

He said many had to use m-learning during the movement control order and some now want to continue using this method.

“This new learning method allows for flexibility but it requires users to have discipline and practical skills when using the applications and tools,” he added.

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