Research article


Wilfredo Carcausto1 , Silvia Del Pilar Alza-Salvatierra2 , María Patricia Cucho Leyva3 , Bertha Angélica León Tazza4 , Vanessa Jocelyn Alza-Salvatierra5

Online First: December 21, 2022

The promotion of active undergraduate university teaching-learning is essential for future professionals who will contribute to the development of society. Therefore, this study determines and describes the effect of the Smartphone-mediated problem-based learning (PBL) methodology on the development of planning skills, teamwork and subject mastery in students at a university in northern Lima. An exploratory quali-quantitative study was conducted with a quasi-experimental post design in which 5 work teams participated in the experimental group and 5 in the control group. An interview rubric and an interview guide were used for data collection. Of the 5 work teams in the experimental group, 60.0% (n=3) showed good development of planning competence. In teamwork, 80% showed that interaction and communication was good. In relation to content, 60.0% showed excellent content knowledge and sufficient understanding of the problem, compared to the control group. The following categories emerged from the interviews: benefits of Smartphone with PBL, teacher's role and difficulties during sessions. In conclusion, the application of the PBL methodology mediated by a smartphone in the development of planning skills, teamwork and mastery of the subject was good, despite some drawbacks regarding the size of the classroom, limited internet connection and some non-operational electrical supports.


problem-based learning, smartphone, higher education, ICT.