Welcome! Bring your own device (BYOD) is using the powerful computing devices that most students are now bringing to classes to enrich the learning experience. Also mobile learning (mLearning) allows students to access their courses, be creative and learn anywhere now. This topic explores both BYOD and mLearning opportunities for teaching staff and students.
This topic is curated by staff in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne, along with invited colleagues.
Note: These articles are posted around a common interest in MOOCs, to provide information and promote discussion. They do not represent the views or positions of the University of Melbourne.
Abstract. This research study investigated the prospective teachers purposes of using mobile phones and laptops, as well as the significant differences across genders and grades. Furthermore the frequency of connecting to Internet via both mobile devices was investigated comparatively. The study was designed based on cross-sectional survey and casual-comparative methodologies in order to first determine specific characteristics of the relevant population, and to determine the possible causes for differences in terms of variables investigated. A total of 650 prospective Turkish teachers participated in the study. The results point out that, compared to mobile phones, laptops were used more frequently for various purposes, particularly the educational ones. However, in-class use of both laptops and mobile phones for educational purposes was not very common. Mobile phones were used less for educational purposes, but more for communication and entertainment purposes. Though there were statistically significant differences in terms of some purposes, given the lack of practical significance, both male and female prospective teachers can be said to use mobile phones and laptops for various purposes with similar frequencies. The same was also true for the grade variable: all prospective teachers from 1st to 4th years used mobile phones and laptops for various purposes with similar frequencies in practice. The present study also revealed that, for prospective teachers, connecting to the Internet via mobile phones is not very common and even significantly less common than doing so via laptops. The findings in general suggested a need to raise awareness among prospective teachers about the mobile learning potential of mobile phones in general and in-class use of laptops in particular.
While the interaction between students and their instructors will always be key to the educational experience, the shift to digitally-driven learning models has made a significant impact on the culture and expectations for academic learning from early childhood on. Fueled by the rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones (which now outnumber people on Earth), mobile technology has become commonplace at all levels of teaching and learning.
The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS.
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The MOOC is a unique international collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, California’s Huntington Library and Coursera.
Mobile devices are integral to educating students in all content areas at all grade levels. I’m certainly not asserting that tablets and smartphones are exclusively the way to educate our children. But when our society uses them to communicate, do business, and share our personal triumphs and sorrows every minute of every day, shouldn’t our children be learning to do these same things in school? If academics are meant to help children participate in the world around them, they need to be proficient in the technologies used to participate.
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