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|Abstract : Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris|
|The purpose of this study was to examine distance learners’ performance and interest after using mobile learning. Another purpose of this study was to investigate distance learners’ views after the intervention. This mobile learning with QR code allowed the distance learners to access mobile apps easily and communicate with peers and lecturers anytime and anywhere. Research Methods The mix-method explanatory design was used in this research. The quantitative study employed descriptive method and follow-up interviews served as the qualitative method. A set of performance tests was used as an instrument for the study. A total of 152 Malaysian distance learners who majored in economics were the sample. GLM Univariate mean were used for analysing the data. Findings: The findings showed significant results for distance learners’ performance and interest. However, the students who had taken economics in secondary school had higher level interest and also performed better as compared to those who did not take economics in secondary school. The qualitative responses from six distance learners also showed positive results. Implications for Research and Practice: The effectiveness of implementing technology can produce new opportunities for self-directed learning in an effort to enhance student achievement and interest. Researchers have proven the potentials of mobile technologies. The findings of this research has implications for educators, in terms of teaching and learning method. QR code use is advantageous due to quick access, increasing the ubiquity of mobile learning amongst distance learners and keeps pace with current education trends. Future research into mobile learning can focus on developing the applications that will enhance distance learner critical thinking.
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