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Using Mobile Devices for Motor-Learning Laboratory Exercises

JPERD Volume 85, Number 8, ISSN 0730-3084


When teaching motor-learning concepts, laboratory experiments can be valuable tools for promoting learning. In certain circumstances, traditional laboratory exercises are often impractical due to facilities, time, or cost. Inexpensive or free applications (apps) that run on mobile devices can serve as useful alternatives. This article details three specific motor learning labs conducted by university students using mobile devices. Students used free apps to explore Hick's Law, Fitts's Law, and the distribution of practice (massed versus distributed). Final lab reports were equal in quality to past labs conducted without mobile devices, and the students reported generally favorable opinions of the experiences.


Hill, K. (2014). Using Mobile Devices for Motor-Learning Laboratory Exercises. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), 85(8), 20-26. Retrieved March 9, 2021 from .

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