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Perceptions of Students toward Utilizing Smartphones in the Classroom

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Mobile Devices and Apps

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Computers in Education

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26.1224.1 - 26.1224.25



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Mohammadjafar Esmaeili University of Dayton

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Mohammadjafar Esmaeili received a Ph.D. degree in Technology with concentration in information security from Eastern Michigan University in 2014. He has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. degree in management of information systems. Dr. Esmaeili is currently working as a full time faculty in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at University of Dayton. Dr. Esmaeili has over 4 years of experience in utilizing active learning methodologies in teaching classes. His research interests are in interdisciplinary fields such as information security in automation, robotics and unmanned systems. He was a vice president of IEEE student’s branch at Eastern Michigan University and has served as a referee for ASEE conferences. Dr. Esmaeili can be reached at

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Ali Eydgahi Eastern Michigan University

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Ali Eydgahi started his career in higher education as a faculty member at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. Since then, he has been with the State University of New York, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Eastern Michigan University. During 2006-2010, he was Chair of the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, Founder and Director of the Center for 3-D Visualization and Virtual Reality Applications, and Technical Director of the NASA funded MIST Space Vehicle Mission Planning Laboratory at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2010, he joined Eastern Michigan University as an Associate Dean in the College of Technology and currently is a Professor in the School of Engineering Technology. He has an extensive experience in curriculum and laboratory design and development. Dr. Eydgahi has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Tau Alpha Pi, as a member of Advisory and Editorial boards for many International Journals in Engineering and Technology, as a member of review panel for NASA and Department of Education, as a regional and chapter chairman of IEEE, SME, and ASEE, and as a session chair and as a member of scientific and international committees for many international conferences.

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Ilkhomjon Amanov Eastern Michigan University

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Mr. Ilkhomjon Amanov is a student at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), pursuing his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting Information Systems. He is actively involved at EMU by participating at various conferences and student organizations. He is a President of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, member of the Dean's Board of Student Advisors and serves as a Student Body Senator at EMU Student Government. He is interested in fields of Accounting and Systems Security & Risk. Mr. Amanov was awarded various scholarships and awards for his outstanding academic performance and research interests. He was awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Research Award as well as he was a Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow at Eastern Michigan University in 2014. Mr. Ilkhomjon Amanov also presented at the EMU Undergraduate Symposium twice, and he is currently pursuing his Honors Thesis research in Electronic Commerce.

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Impact of Smartphones on Student Learning in the Classrooms ABSTRACTWith the advent of contemporary devices and gadgets, our lives have become much easier andmore integrated with technology. Modern devices have become standard equipment in highereducation as the growing number of universities started applying them in learning process.Due to the technological revolution and advent of new equipment, debatable question came outabout the use of technologies such as laptops, PDAs, and smartphones in classroom and itseffects on students learning. Because of the unknown impacts of using technologies such aslaptops, PDAs, and smartphones in classroom environment, faculties adopt their own rules foreither allowing or banning the use of these technologies by students. Many researchers aredebating whether using technologies such as laptops help students to learn better. Althoughseveral studies have done to show the impact of different technologies on students’ learning, afew studies have focused on the impacts of the smartphone on students’ learning in classroomenvironment.One of the main technologies that is available for today’s students and dominates the classroomis the smartphone. Smartphones are one of most popular devices that allow the users to connectto the internet, check emails, connect to social medias, etc.. Due to these convenientfunctionalities, smartphones have been used widely by new generations and college students.Although the smartphones have been used widely by students in the classroom, few researcheshave examined the impact of this device on students learning.This paper is examining the relationship between using the smartphone and student learning inclassroom environment to demonstrate its benefits and adverse impacts on the students’academic performance. The study is based on analysis of the data that were collected via onlinesurveys of about 700 participated students at ….. University.

Esmaeili, M., & Eydgahi, A., & Amanov, I. (2015, June), Perceptions of Students toward Utilizing Smartphones in the Classroom Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24561

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