Mobile Learning in Higher Education

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Mobile teaching and learning in higher education is approaching a tipping point. One of the most significant promises of mobile learning is the ability for faculty members, teachers, and students to use their own mobile computing devices. In the US, 75% of American teens have cell phones and almost 30% have smartphones with Internet capabilities. In universities, the numbers appear to be much higher. It seems instructionally sound and fiscally prudent for institutions and faculty members to leverage the existing devices in which students are most comfortable. The purpose of this paper is to (1) critically examine the definitions and affordances of mobile learning in higher education, (2) identify the ways mobile teaching and learning have been and could be accomplished in higher education, (3) identify the challenges to implementing mobile teaching and learning in higher education.

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Mobile Learning in Higher Education

  1. 1. The Promise of MobileLearning in Higher EducationAffordances, Implementations &ChallengesMichael M. GrantJoanne GikasThe University of Memphis
  2. 2. Michael M. GrantThe University of Memphis@michaelmgranthttp:/ /viral-notebook.com
  3. 3. Joanne GikasThe University of Memphis@ecampusUMhttp:/ /ecampus.memphis.edu
  4. 4. “ What is mobile learning?Mobile learning is more than justlearning delivered and supported byhandheld and mobile technologies. Itis learning that is both formal andfor the learner. “informal, context aware, and authentic (Traxler, 2005, 2007, 2010)
  5. 5. Mobile devices Some images from Lisa Buser at http://www.memphisparent.com/2010/09/pint-sized-learners-have-the-touch/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/ceardach/4549898097/sizes/m/
  6. 6. Formal Learning Images from http://www.law.fsu.edu/prospective_students/VideoViewbook/images/sections/technology.jpg
  7. 7. Informal Learning Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/oncell/4711186271/in/set-72157624761515274/
  8. 8. Twitter
  9. 9. In between … Images from http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/mc/monitor/01-15-07/page26071.html
  10. 10. Context aware Images from http://www.radford.edu/mdunleavy/445/ROAR.html
  11. 11. Broadcastr.com
  12. 12. Context aware & authentic
  13. 13. Scvngr.com
  14. 14. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  15. 15. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  16. 16. Increase interaction withcourse content Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/chegs/5161314847/sizes/l/
  17. 17. Increase interaction withcourse content Image from http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100426/NEWS/100429736
  18. 18. Phonecasting with iPadio
  19. 19. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  20. 20. Increase access tostudent information &campus resources
  21. 21. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  22. 22. Create representations ofknowledge
  23. 23. Create representations ofknowledge
  24. 24. Create representations ofknowledge Image from http://www.st-clair.net/ict/picomap.htm
  25. 25. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  26. 26. Augment face-to-faceinstruction Image from http://www.tommiemedia.com/news/professors-using-smartphones-other-technology-in-classrooms/
  27. 27. Augment face-to-faceinstruction
  28. 28. Augment face-to-faceinstruction
  29. 29. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  30. 30. Support performance &decision-making
  31. 31. Support performance &decision-making
  32. 32. Uses of Increase interaction with course contentMobile Increased access to student information & campus resourcesDevices Create representations of knowledge Augment face-to-face instruction Support performance & decision- making Deploy instruction
  33. 33. Deploy instruction
  34. 34. Deploy instruction
  35. 35. Implementation Institutional supportChallenges Competing platforms & Student-owned devices v. institution selected Faculty members’ willingness & readiness
  36. 36. Implementation Institutional supportChallenges Competing platforms & Student-owned devices v. institution selected Faculty members’ willingness & readiness
  37. 37. Institutional support
  38. 38. Implementation Institutional supportChallenges Competing platforms & Student-owned devices v. institution selected Faculty members’ willingness & readiness
  39. 39. Competing platforms & Student-owned v. institution selected
  40. 40. Implementation Institutional supportChallenges Competing platforms & Student-owned devices v. institution selected Faculty members’ willingness & readiness
  41. 41. Faculty members’willingness & readiness
  42. 42. Questions? Image from http://www.fbcfonthe.net/mediafiles/dareyou.jpg

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