Perceived utility and feasibility of wearable technologies in higher education

Matthew Bower, Daniel Sturman, Victor Alvarez

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    With the capacity to provide hands-free access to contextually relevant information, wearable technologies have the potential to transform many aspects of learning and teaching. Yet to date the uptake of wearable technologies in higher education has not been fully realised. This study examined the perceptions of educators (n=202) regarding the utility and feasibility of applying wearable technologies in tertiary education contexts, in an attempt to understand their under-utilisation. Results indicated significant differences between the perceived utility and fea-sibility in most of the use-cases examined, with the utility significantly exceeding the feasibility in the four wearable technology use cases deemed of greatest potential benefit. The impedi-ments to achievability included cost, technological issues, distraction, privacy, and resistance to change. Implications for educators and higher education institutions are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMobile learning futures – sustaining quality research and practice in mobile learning
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016
    EditorsLaurel Evelyn Dyson, Wan Ng, Jennifer Fergusson
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherUniversity of Technology, Sydney
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9780987502032
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventWorld Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (15th : 2016) - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 24 Oct 201626 Oct 2016


    ConferenceWorld Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (15th : 2016)
    Abbreviated titlemLearn 2016

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    • wearable technologies
    • utility
    • feasibility
    • higher education


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