Integrating Mobile Technology in the Classroom

Topics: Community College, Instructional Technology, Information Technology, Academic Affairs, Curriculum Development, Academic Planning, Emerging Technologies, Student Information Systems

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Summary

The pedagogical potential of tablets and smartphones generates interest and discussion across the world of higher education, but effective implementation requires strong support from faculty. Without real curricular integration, tools become nothing more than expensive notebooks. This report profiles the components and integration of mobile technology programs at five institutions, compares strategies to gain faculty and student support, and suggests tactics to make mobile technology an integral part of classroom learning.

Research Questions

  • What are the fundamental components of mobile device programs at other institutions?
  • Which mobile devices and applications do faculty members use for academic purposes, and are faculty required to use any specific applications?
  • How do administrators incentivize faculty members to use mobile learning strategies inside and outside the classroom?