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VAZQUEZ-CANO, Esteban  and  SEVILLANO GARCIA, M.ª Luisa. The Smartphone in Higher Education. A Comparative Study of the Educational, Social and Ubiquitous Use in Spanish and Latin American Universities. Signo pensam. [online]. 2015, vol.34, n.67, pp.132-149. ISSN 0120-4823.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.syp34-67.sese.

The objective of this research is to analyze from a general and comparative perspective how students from five Spanish and five Latin American universities use the smartphone from an educational, social and ubiquitous perspective. It is analysed a total sample of 886 students (442 Spanish and 444 Latin American) corresponding to five Spanish and five Latin American universities. The research methodology was based on factorial analysis and comparison between groups with parametric and nonparametric tests. The general results in both regions show that smartphone is used mainly for: exchange of academic information, group work coordination and for the consultation of university services. The comparative study in both regions show that Spanish students use the smartphone in a slightly higher percentage for the exchange of academic information (+ 12.3%); by contrast, the Latin American students most often use the smartphone for educational purposes outside the campus.

Keywords : mobile digital devices; ubiquity; higher education; Spain; Latin America.

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