Teaching Online in the Mobile Age

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As technology continues to advance, we’re moving into the “post-PC” era as we find an increasing number of students and faculty alike relying on the mobile devices in place of traditional desktop or laptops. These mobile devices are continually becoming powerful and rapidly affording profound new opportunities for teaching and learning, both in and outside the classroom.

During this keynote presentation at the 2012 Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference, we explored current trends in mobile technology adoption among students and faculty and considered how mobile devices are changing the way we communicate and access information. We discussed the possibilities for new teaching and learning experiences using readily available mobile technology.

Stats on Mobile Technology Adoption and Usage

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General Mobile LearningResources

Photo Credits (photos shown during presentation)

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Why mobile learning?

Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom. What follows is a mash up presented at the NSWDEC 5th biennial equity conference in 2011 which explains some of the issues.

Katy ISD — A New Vision for Mobile Learning

In 2011, Katy Independent School District, in partnership with Cisco, launched the final phase of a technology transformation. Learn how Katy ISD realized their vision for education transformation with a BYOD mobile learning strategy.

Thoughts on the state of mobile learning

So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students … but what does the future hold? How will we get there? Hear from various experts in the fields of business, education and technology who gathered on the campus of Abilene Christian University for ACU’s Connected Summit 2011. Listen as these thought leaders share their perspectives.

Mobile Internet Use Increasing Rapidly

“An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that 56% of adult Americans have accessed the Internet by wireless means, such as using a laptop, mobile device, game console, or MP3 player. The most prevalent way people get online using a wireless network is with a laptop computer; 39% of adults have done this.”

“The report also finds rising levels of Americans using the internet on a mobile handset. One-third of Americans (32%) have used a cell phone or Smartphone to access the Internet for emailing, instant-messaging, or information-seeking. This level of mobile internet is up by one-third since December 2007, when 24% of Americans had ever used the internet on a mobile device. On the typical day, nearly one-fifth (19%) of Americans use the Internet on a mobile device, up substantially from the 11% level recorded in December 2007. That’s a growth of 73% in the 16 month interval between surveys.” . . .

Wireless internet access using other devices, though much less common than with laptops or handhelds, has a foothold among some Americans. The April 2009 survey found that:

  • 45% of adults have iPods or MP3 players and 5% of all adults have used such a device to go online.
  • 41% of adults have game consoles and 9% of adults have used it to access the Internet.
  • 14% of adults have a personal digital assistant (PDA), and 7% of adults have used it for online access.
  • 2% of adults have an e-book (i.e., a Kindle or Sony reader) and 1% of adults have used it to get online.

The complete study is available at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/12-Wireless-Internet-Use.aspx

What opportunities does an increased access to the Internet on mobile devices afford teaching and learning in higher education? Leave a comment with your ideas!