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MORALES, Juan C.; RAMIREZ, Nicolás E.; VARGAS, Steven H.  and  PENUELA, Alfonso J.. Use of Mobile apps in the classroom and its determining factors. Form. Univ. [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.6, pp.13-22. ISSN 0718-5006.

The present study seeks to determine how mobile applications are perceived in the classroom and what characteristics influence professor’s app use or rejection. This is a quantitative study and 131 professors and 247 students were surveyed at the Sergio Arboleda University (Colombia) in the year 2017. An ANOVA and a binomial Logig model were used to analyze the data. The results show that the use of mobile applications in the classrooms is not dependent on age, gender, or degree study, although there is a greater tendency by young women in engineering degrees to use mobile apps. It is concluded that mobile apps are perceived as tools for motivation needs within the classroom and that mobile app use by professors depends on the professor’s job contract type with the university and on the professor’s perception of mobile apps importance.

Keywords : apps; teaching; determining factors; perception; higher education.

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