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.
|Title of host publication||Mobile learning futures – sustaining quality research and practice in mobile learning|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016|
|Editors||Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Wan Ng, Jennifer Fergusson|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||University of Technology, Sydney|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (15th : 2016) - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 24 Oct 2016 → 26 Oct 2016
|Conference||World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (15th : 2016)|
|Abbreviated title||mLearn 2016|
|Period||24/10/16 → 26/10/16|
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- wearable technologies
- higher education
Bower, M., Sturman, D., & Alvarez, V. (2016). Perceived utility and feasibility of wearable technologies in higher education. In L. E. Dyson, W. Ng, & J. Fergusson (Eds.), Mobile learning futures – sustaining quality research and practice in mobile learning: Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016 (pp. 47-56). Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.