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ALVAREZ-BERMEJO, José Antonio; CODINA-SANCHEZ, Antonio  and  BELMONTE-URENA, Luis Jesús. Application architecture to efficiently manage formal and informal m-learning. A case study to motivate computer engineering students. Dyna rev.fac.nac.minas [online]. 2015, vol.82, n.190, pp.113-120. ISSN 0012-7353.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/dyna.v82n190.43486.

Recent research is focusing on methods that enable effective consumption of digital content. Students are continually exposed to streams of digital content. An information system for learning was designed. Such a tool intends to connect learning in formal channels with the ability to learn in informal channels. The proposed methodology built upon the application was tested through a quasi-experimental research, implementing and evaluating its influence on how engineering students learnt in an advanced engineering course where concepts are complex. The sample is of fifty-eight students enrolled in Computer Engineering at Universidad de Almería. Their knowledge was evaluated using a specifically designed exam. Results suggest that the effectiveness of the methodology used and the learning tool itself were both robust and fulfilled the hypothesis. The contrast tests Snedecor F for ANOVA two tail and two-sample T-student test suggested the effectiveness of the learning tool proposed.

Keywords : Mobile learning; conceptual map; informal learning; social networking; engineering learning tool.

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