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Book Chapter


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Computer Sciences, telecommunications, Education, general, including:

Publication Details

BOOK: Application Development and Design: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications Copyright: © 2018

ISBN13: 9781522534228 ISBN10: 1522534229 EISBN13: 9781522534235


Smartphone usage by students has increased rapidly over the last number of years, and it is expected that the utilisation of mobile applications in educational environments will continue to increase. This chapter focuses on a bespoke mobile application which aims to facilitate the transition of Foundation students to Higher Education in an Irish setting. Foundation students comprise of Access and International Students participating on pre-degree foundation courses. These students experience a major life change in making this transition and it is important that efforts are made to ensure a successful adjustment experience. Research suggests that mobile technologies can play a central role in this endeavour by offering support and access to particular information needs. This chapter will detail the design and development of a bespoke mobile application with such a purpose in mind and will also describe how the app was field tested with a cohort of incoming Foundation students in an Irish third level institute.