Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt
Humboldt State University, Department of Communication
In the last few years, I have been slightly obsessed with mobile learning for two reasons. One, I have three daughters (two in college) who spend every waking moment on their mobile devices (iPhone, iPads, laptops) – how can I connect to them? Maybe it’s a case of, you can’t beat ‘em so you may as well join them? Two, I am a “technology-geek” and work full-time in instructional design, while teaching part-time for the Department of Communication. Those reasons are extremely intertwined, of course. We use our mobile devices for communication!
For the last two semesters, I have been having a lot of fun (and success!) with my Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt lesson in my public speaking class. Students absolutely love it! When we approach the final course topic of persuasion, students typically get caught up in trying to figure out which of the four types of reasoning to use in their speech, and often neglect the very important aspect of appealing to their audience. I tell them, you can use all the fancy persuasion and reasoning you want, but if you can’t appeal to your specific audience, it is all for nothing. In order to be an effective speaker, it is important to consider the emotional impact we have on our audience, as well as relate our ideas to their emotions, needs, and values. In order to do this, we need to find out what is meaningful to our audience so we can relate to them.
The goal of the Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt lesson is to work together as a team to discover and capture a variety of objects and/or visuals that include motivational appeals. In 80 minutes, students scour the campus looking for objects/visuals that appeal to needs and values, capture them using a mobile app of their choice, publish, and submit the URL to our class online discussion forum. We use the last 20 minutes of class to share and reflect on all the team videos. Some favorite apps have been Animoto, YouTube Capture, Flipagram, Instagram, and Vine. We discuss: is the object/visual effective/persuasive to the target audience? What motivational appeal is it an example of? Students are required to provide written feedback in the online discussion forum on at least one team’s video before our next class session. After two semesters of this activity, students had significant improvement in appealing to the audience needs/values in their persuasive speech. Additional benefits include: building community, collaboration, learning new technologies.
To create this lesson, I used a mobile learning lesson template that I created a few years ago after completing my SLOAN-C Mobile Learning Mastery Series. The template includes everything from the goal and outcomes of the activity to the various technology considerations. The template can be modified for any mobile lesson.
Check out the full lesson on Motivational_Appeals mLesson. Happy mobile-ing!