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Though mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and tablet computers have an immense potential for improving student learning, there is little empirical research which reports ways in which students actually use these technologies for learning, especially in fields like Engineering. Based on a social-constructivist approach to learning, the purpose of this mixed methods study was to investigate student perceptions regarding changes in mobile device based digital fluency and communication, after participation in a Living Learning Community (LLC) based Mobile Learning Community. This study contributes to existing literature in the field in that it reports student perceptions of how mobile devices can support learning, impact soft skill practice through peer communication, and enhance basic digital fluency among students living in an Engineering LLC. Based on the findings of this study, recommendations are made which might be useful for LLC Faculty in Residence (FIRs), housing staff, and those working with LLCs.

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This document was originally published in TOJNED: The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education by TOJNED. Copyright restrictions may apply.