Faculty and Mobile Technology: Why Isn’t Interest Translating to Usage?
Concurrent Session 4
Smartphones and tablets are rapidly replacing laptops as the student’s device of choice for eLearning purposes. Predictive analytics tells us that we will need to be ready for the tech savvy digital natives as their classroom use of interactive touch screen technology is significantly different than the educational foundations of previous generations.
Faculty understand the immediacy of integration and are interested in how mobile apps could be incorporated into their curriculum. Why then is there a disconnection between intention and adoption?
The displeasure Administrators feel for investments they perceive to be “collecting dust” influences their decision on whether to financially support mobile infrastructures. We have observed that, while Faculty favor the shared tablet model to BYOD for use in the flipped classroom, the majority never actually implement College-owned devices into curriculum. Opportunities to transform student learning experiences go unrealized and divisions are unable to scale device usage due to lack of funding.
Mobile devices are also an effective tool in asynchronous, online course instruction. From data capture to digital creation to virtual and augmented reality, apps transform passive “knowing” into active “doing”. Why then are Faculty not taking advantage of their potential?
The objective of this session is to identify issues and brainstorm possible solutions. We will present the following observations and questions:
- There are clearly barriers to Faculty usage of shared tablets in a flipped classroom. What might these be and how do we overcome them?
- Mobile apps encourage multiple means of expression and facilitate active learning. How do we encourage Faculty to integrate them into their online courses?
After a brief introduction, attendees will break into small groups for brainstorming followed by individual group sharing of ideas for audience discussion.