Science for Education Today, 2020, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 181–199

Using mobile learning applications for the development of students’ universal competencies: Evaluation of the effectiveness

Richter T. V. 1 (Perm, Russian Federation), Shestakova L. G. 1 (Perm, Russian Federation), Зенцова И. М. 2 (Соликамск, Russian Federation), Sugrobova N. Y. 1 (Perm, Russian Federation)
1 Perm State University
2 Пермский государственный национальный исследовательский университет

Introduction. Nowadays, the widespread use of mobile learning applications has brought significant changes in education. This paper addresses the problem of using mobile learning applications for developing universal competencies among students. The purpose of the research is to assess the effectiveness of using mobile applications for the development of universal competencies in students.
Materials and Methods. The data were collected through reviewing and critical analysis of research literature on the development of competencies among students of higher educational institutions and the use of information, computer and mobile technologies for educational purposes. The empirical study was conducted using methods of educational research from 2017 to 2019. The sample consisted of students in years 3-5 doing an undergraduate degree in Education. Methods of mathematical statistics were employed for processing empirical data (correlation analysis).
Results. The paper presents the results of evaluating the effectiveness of using mobile applications for developing students’ universal competencies. The authors identified the indicators for assessing the development of the selected universal competencies.
The authors examined the following stages of developing universal competences by means of using mobile learning applications: (1) knowledge and skills alignment in the field of using mobile learning applications; (2) demonstrating knowledge and skills of using mobile learning applications; (3) inclusion of mobile learning applications in studying various disciplines (modules); (4) using mobile learning applications as a part of a larger activity (group projects); (5) using mobile learning applications for academic assessment (self-evaluation).
It is emphasized that it is necessary to purposefully include students' work with mobile applications in the educational process of the university, when a student, being an active participant in the educational process, uses mobile applications to master the content of the discipline, enhance competencies and evaluate them.
Conclusions. The article concludes that characteristics of using mobile learning applications identified and described in this research facilitate the development of students’ universal competencies. The findings can be used to improve the efficiency of the educational process at the university.


Educating students; Universal competencies; Indicators of the formation of universal competencies; Mobile learning applications; E-portfolio; Self-assessment; Demonstration of competence; Group work

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Using mobile learning applications for the development of students' universal competencies: Evaluation of the effectiveness

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Richter T. V., Shestakova L. G., Зенцова И. М., Sugrobova N. Y. Using mobile learning applications for the development of students’ universal competencies: Evaluation of the effectiveness. Science for Education Today, 2020, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 181–199. DOI:
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Date of the publication 31.12.2020