The Use of StudyTXT as a Form of Mobile Learning in an Accounting Decision-Making Course

By Nicholas McGuigan and Sidney Weil.

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This paper describes the implementation of a mobile learning teaching resource - StudyTXT – in an introductory accounting decision-making course. The paper explains the philosophy of the course and how the educational rationale underlying the use of StudyTXT might facilitate the attainment of the course objectives. The paper further illustrates how StudyTXT is developed, implemented and used in the course, with references to appropriate literature. A questionnaire-based evaluation of StudyTXT by students reports on their perceptions about the impact of the teaching resource, as well as about the factors that either encouraged students to, or discouraged them from, using StudyTXT. The paper concludes with suggestions for the further utilisation of the resource.

Keywords: Mobile Learning, Text Messaging, Student Perceptions, Distance Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp.281-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.016MB).

Nicholas McGuigan

Lecturer, Center of Accounting, Education and Research, Lincoln University, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Mr. Nicholas McGuigan has taught accountancy at Lincoln University since 2005. His research interests include, accounting education and environmental sustainability. He is currently involved in research looking at the application of mobile technologies to support traditional learners, active methods of facilitation to re-engage student learners and student perceptions in introductory accounting courses.

Prof. Sidney Weil

Associate Professor, Commerce Division, Center of Accounting Education and Research, Lincoln University, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Dr. Weil commenced his academic career in South Africa in 1978, where he soon developed an interest in accounting education research. His Ph D was titled Addressing the problems of cognition in a first year accounting course at the University of the Western Cape. Since moving to New Zealand in 1995, his research has focused primarily on the usefulness of pedagogical techniques, such as case studies, in accounting education.

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