You Aren’t in Kansas Anymore: Educating Digital Natives and Immigrants Through mLearning

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mLearnCon 2013 - June 20, 2013

Erika Larson

Instructional Designer
Eastern Kentucky University

Ralph Turner

Program Coordinator for Library Science department
Eastern Kentucky University

As Eastern Kentucky University’s distance education programs transition from a 16-week to an 8-week semester, students will need to digest content and complete assignments in a much shorter time frame with little window of opportunity for redirection. Students prefer to access content from devices other than desktop or laptop computers, yet the university is restricted by lack of IT support and cost constraints. Faculty searched for and selected a software product that can produce content for mobile delivery at a modest cost outlay, but which requires no programming skills to deploy. They launched a pilot to determine the impact of the content on the student population prior to a wide-scale rollout.

Participants in this session will examine the results of this pilot and how mLearning can provide access to educational materials wherever and whenever students need it. You’ll look at design strategies, device selection, and future planning considerations, and you’ll get the data on student usage of mobile content.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to appraise mobile device software that assists learners in recall and collaborative reflection
  • How to design strategies for integrating mobile content support within the framework of an existing online course
  • How to evaluate case-study data on student usage of mobile content and the effectiveness of this approach
  • Considerations when planning future mobile content deployment

Novice-to-intermediate designers, developers, managers, and educators with a general knowledge of the structure of more “traditional” distance-education courses in a higer-education environment and how these courses are delivered to online students.

Technology discussed in this session:
Various mobile technologies.


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