Making Student Connections with mLearning

At the 2014 Directors for Academic Technology/California Higher Education (DET/CHE) Conference in Long Beach, mobile learning was a hot topic.

In our session on Making Student Connections with Mobile, we shared various learning experiences used to support mobile learning efforts aimed at student engagement and success, both in, and outside of the classroom.  We also shared results of our ongoing efforts as they continue to strengthen connections with our students.  One of our intentions was to make the journey truly mobile by having audience interaction so we asked them to tweet questions, feedback, insight on information brought up using both or either of the hashtags.

In terms of leveraging mobile to engage students and enhance their learning experiences, we set out on a path to use mobile in a variety of different contexts as a way to:

  • increase faculty/staff skills and experiences
  • build campus community conversations
  • make student learning connections

and ultimately supporting student success. Over the last several years, we have worked with a number of different mLearning formats, including learning communities, BYOD informal discussions, and one-on-one work with faculty in their classrooms. This presentation will focus on our work in these areas in support of mobile learning.

In 2011 and 12 we facilitated both a campus user group on mobile technologies with a focus on how to use the mobile devices to support learning and teaching, and a faculty learning community on mobile technologies, which focused on faculty exploration of mobile technologies for teaching, learning and personal productivity.

In 2014, we facilitated a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on mLearning. 12 multidisciplinary faculty, 5 facilitated sessions, online classroom with mobile explorations. A concentrated effort to provide a safe space for faculty to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning – exploring, applying, sharing and reflecting on mobile as a method to enhance student learning. The outcomes focused on creating, implementing, sharing, and reflecting on a mobile lesson during the semester, and then sharing experiences with the larger campus community.

Results: collection of mLessons and explored apps to share with campus, follow-up discussion session at our semi-annual professional development event, led into 1-1 work with faculty classrooms.

We have also begun hosting monthly Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) sessions – informal, open-mike format, themes focused on facilitating and sharing mobile technology use in the classroom/workplace. Next term we will form a partnership with the University Library to create collaborative Un-conference formats.

One of the places where we’ve made the most connections with students in terms of mobile learning, is the one-on-one design work with faculty.  In three sections of Geology 106 (one fully online and two face-to-face sections)
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