Monday, January 24, 2011

iPad vs. iPhone Mobile Learning Research Reveals Differences In Student Behavior

‘GetYa Learn On’ and Abilene Christian University Release Preliminary Findings from Fall 2010 Study Examining Form Factor Differences for iOS Devices and Statistics E-Textbook App.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 24, 2011

GetYa Learn On (GYLO), an Austin-based educational software company, today announced results from research investigating how college students use the iPhone/iPod Touch compared to the iPad while studying for an Introductory Statistics class at Abilene Christian University (ACU). The app used in the research, “Statistics 1”, is an e-textbook that has been tested for three semesters at ACU and students have consistently reported that it helps them learn statistics and save time.

During the Fall 2010 semester, students in the class used the app on both iPhones/iPod Touches and iPads. Preliminary findings showed that 60 percent of students reported that for studying and test preparation, they preferred the iPad version because of the larger screen size; however, students reported that having the iPhone/iPod Touch version was equally important because the device is always with them.


In a questionnaire given to the class at the end of the semester, 86 percent of students involved in the study reported that using the “Statistics 1” e-textbook app helped them study statistics. [snip].


ACU and GYLO have collaborated since 2009 to explore factors that affect learning with the iPhone and iPad in the context of higher education. Nihalani and GYLO’s CEO, Dr. Michael Mayrath, will be presenting on the future of e-textbooks and mobile classroom applications at ACU's Connected Summit in late February.

The “Statistics 1” e-textbook app will be on sale for a limited time starting Tuesday, January 25 on the iTunes Store. The app will soon be available for Android devices.




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