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Mobile Technologies as Course Research Tools - BEA 2014 Presentation by Dr. David McCoy

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This presentation details the use of mobile technologies, such as smart phones and tablets, as important instructional research components in a global social media course. Examples will be provided …

This presentation details the use of mobile technologies, such as smart phones and tablets, as important instructional research components in a global social media course. Examples will be provided relating to the research procedures, mobile technology implementation and designed academic activities that illustrate beneficial and enhanced student learning.

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  • 1. Dr. David McCoy dmccoy2@ashland.edu
  • 2. Mobile Device Ownership  90% of American adults have a cell phone.  98% of the 18 to 29 year old age group own cell phones.  58% of adults own a smart phone.  42% own a tablet computer.  32% own an e-reader.  Pew Internet Project Mobile Device study, 2014
  • 3. College Students  Students are ready to use mobile devices on an increasing level.  Students look to professors and institutions for opportunities and encouragement!  Students find that using technology to feel more engaged in classes can be challenging.  ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013
  • 4. College Students & Mobile Devices  College students strongly believe that tablets can improve learning.  80% believe that tablets can make learning more fun.  60% believe that tablets help students study more efficiently and perform better in classes.  66% believe that tablets will effectively replace textbooks within the next five years.  Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2013 study
  • 5. Mobile Device Pedagogy  Faculty need to design courses with both formal and informal learning outcomes.  Effective connections between the curriculum and the devices are paramount to learning.  Collaborative assignments are essential and impactful.  Gikas & Grant (2013) Mobile Computing Devices in Higher Education. Internet and Higher Education.
  • 6. Global Impact of Social Media  Ashland University course  Core Social Science designation  Multiple research projects examining social media use in various countries.  Reliance on mobile devices for daily course exercises and project research.
  • 7. Mobile Media Study project  A short study of how people use mobile media to create and access social media.  Each study should cover two basic research questions.  Research design could be quantitative (surveys) or qualitative (interviews/focus group).  Must contain a literature review.  Must contain a results section.  Study conducted by a small group of researchers.  A basic template and some supporting articles were provided in an ANGEL site folder.
  • 8. Mobile Device Studies  University of Florida study  Mobile device survey slideshow  Mobile device usage report  Mobile device consumer study results  Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2013  Use these studies to assist your literature review and guide your interview or survey questions.
  • 9. Conclusions  Mobile devices as learning tools-----  Extend learning beyond the classroom walls.  Accentuate collaborative instructional opportunities.  Accelerate research capabilities (speed/depth).  Impact global awareness in a digitally-linked manner.