Mobile Devices Increase Engagement
Online Faculty Educational Technology
Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s byline is,
“I don’t do teaching for a living.
I live teaching as my doing . . .
and technology has amplified
my passion for doing so.”
Gerstein has been teaching for
decades and currently offers
master’s-level online courses
in educational technology
for Boise State and others.
Her background includes a
strong focus on experiential
and adventure learning. She
believes that one responsibility
of 21st century education is
to share resources, ideas, and
instructional strategies with
obile and online technologies are ubiquitous extensions of
most people’s (of all ages) playing, working, learning, doing,
and being. As such, I integrate technologies in all of my teaching
venues, from elementary level to graduate level. I have students
text to one another to interview and share ideas, take photos and videos of
concepts being covered in class, and use quick-response codes to access
and discuss information.
One class I taught was Interpersonal Communications to a group of
undergraduates, ages 17 to mid-40s, at a vocational college. As such,
the students were not academically minded or oriented. I asked them to
use their own mobile devices throughout the course during every class.
Through my own observations, I found that the use of mobile devices
increased engagement, focus, and learning. An end-of-course anonymous
survey confirmed my observations. The following comments are
representative of the comments at large:
• I personally enjoyed the activities quite a lot. They helped me learn the
concepts effectively while also being enjoyable to participate in.
• The use of cell phones was something that we use everyday, so it
related back to us.
• I appreciate that there were so many hands-on activities to do and that
we got to learn in a different style other than lecture or reading.
• It was nice to use [the mobile devices] and not have to hide them, and it
connected the class.
• It made us open up to one another, because we had to connect at a
more social level.
The use of mobile devices
focus, and learning.
Mobile technology connects
students in a class and can
offer a learning style other
Mobile technology links
learning to students
“The use of mobile
See more such responses here.
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