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Profs reflect on Year Two of mobile learning

ACU iPhones 2As the second year of ACU’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative draws to a close, faculty members are reflecting on lessons they’ve learned – and some important shifts in the classroom.
“You can’t stuff a classroom into a little device,” says Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik, director of faculty enrichment at ACU’s Adams Center for Teaching and Learning. “Because you can’t do traditional things, you are forced, actually, to do things that are innovative.”
For Dr. Laura (Bolin ’96) Carroll, assistant professor of English, mobile learning has expanded the bounds of the classroom, both in class and out of it. While sitting in the classroom, for example, her students can access a wealth of outside information from their devices; conversely, they can also go outside the classroom to collect information, capture it and bring it back to class with relatively little time and effort. The initiative provides not only a new way of looking at the classroom, but a new way of looking at the world.
Six mobile-learning fellows have begun or continued projects this year researching the effects of mobile learning, the student response to it, and the ways it affects learning in the classroom. They’ve found myriad results; as Dr. Brad Crisp (’93), assistant professor of management and information systems, points out, “I don’t think success boils down to one indicator.” On many levels, ACU students and faculty members are learning, engaging and making new discoveries with their mobile devices.
“I think technology will change education when we finally start seeing that it is not about technology; it is about our students,” says Dr. Billie McConnell (’84), assistant professor of teacher education.
From podcasting to polling, from blogs to in-class quizzes to applying the curriculum to daily life, ACU faculty members are working hard to make sure mobile learning is all about the students.
View all eight of the Year Two mobile-learning videos on ACU’s Connected Web site.