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Cross Cultural Similarities in Using Mobile Technologies to Engage and Connect with Students

Shaun S. Nykvist 1, Michelle M. Mukherjee 1, and Lieu Tran 2
1. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
2. University of Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam
Abstract—The access to mobile technologies is growing at an exponential rate in developed and developing countries, with some developing countries surpassing developed countries in terms of device ownership. It is both the demand for, and high usage of mobile technologies that have driven new and emerging pedagogical practices in higher education. These technologies have also exponentially increased access to information in a knowledge economy. While differences are often drawn between developing and developed countries in terms of the access and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), this paper will report on a study detailing how higher education students use mobile technologies and social media in their studies and in their personal lives. It will contrast the similarities in how students from an Australian and Vietnamese university access and use mobile and social media technologies while also highlighting ways in which these technologies can be embraced by academics to connect and engage with students. 
Index Terms—social media, mobile technology, cross-cultural similarities, higher education, connected technologies, knowledge economy

Cite: Shaun S. Nykvist, Michelle M. Mukherjee, and Lieu Tran, "Cross Cultural Similarities in Using Mobile Technologies to Engage and Connect with Students," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 145-149, December 2015. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.1.2.145-149
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