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Title: A micro note taking approach : the student experience
Author: Al-Zaidi, Maram S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 6859
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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Note taking is one of the most widely-practised and commonly used activities among students in the classroom. However, despite the massive advancement of technology in education, pen and paper still seem to be the (most) favoured note taking approach among students. This, however, could be the result of not having note taking technology that provides students with relative advantages and substantial value in comparison to pen and paper. On the other hand, social media has been growing in popularity. Short messages can be easily conveyed via microblogging applications, such as Twitter. Therefore, the research aims to investigate the effect of using the short content creation feature of microblogging (140 characters) as a note capturing approach in the classroom. This research adopted a design science research methodology consisting of three phases. The first phase, investigation, reviewed the literature and conducted an exploratory study. The literature review showed that there is an increased interest in using technology for learning activities. However, the existent technological support for note taking, in particular, is not popular. In addition, an exploratory study was conducted with 254 undergraduate students at the University of Warwick. The study showed that students had a lack of interest in taking notes using current note taking application on their mobile devices. Hence, to tackle this issue, the development phase proposed a micro note taking mobile application to support students’ note taking at university-level. In addition, this phase included the development and implementation of the mobile micro note taking application (M2NT) based on microblogging technology for data collection purposes. Finally, the evaluation phase included a main experiment conducted with 42 students using three types of note taking approach (i.e. pen and paper, word processor, and the micro note taking application). This was followed up with questionnaires distributed to students after experiencing each note taking approach. In addition, the experiment ended with a final comparison questionnaire and focus group discussions. Furthermore, the students’ micro notes and their feedback were analysed to investigate the implications of mobile micro note taking. Analysis of the data provided insight into issues related to students’ note taking activity, as well as an evaluation of students’ experiences and the perceived usefulness of note taking using a micro note taking mobile application. Additionally, the research findings showed that using the developed mobile micro note taking positively supported the students’ experience and perceived usefulness of the practice of note taking. Future research directions and recommendations are discussed at the end of this research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education