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Boise State Scholars Explore Classroom Use of Mobile Devices

By:    Published 11:21 am / January 7, 2011

Boise State is kicking off an innovative pilot project to help instructors take advantage of mobile devices in the creation and delivery of their courses during the upcoming spring semester.

“We will be experimenting with mobile devices in the classroom and exploring how they can be used as effective tools to support teaching and learning,” said Allan Heaps, interim director of Academic Technologies in Boise State’s Center for Teaching and Learning. “This technology offers an information-rich opportunity to rethink the way we approach various aspects of education. Given the ubiquitous nature and use of mobile devices, especially among today’s generation of students, exploring how they might be integrated into our curriculum makes perfect sense.”

Called m-Learning Scholars, the project is sponsored by the CTL, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Department of Educational Technology and Albertsons Library. Ten projects — each with a unique aspect in scope or desired inquiry or outcome — will be dispersed throughout the university’s academic departments.

Heaps and Barbara Schroeder, clinical associate professor in educational technology, are leading an interdisciplinary group of six to eight instructors through the project. Each scholar will explore best practices for integrating mobile technology into a course and will be supported in conducting an individual scholarly teaching project aimed at understanding the impact of the technology on the course (on student learning, on communication, on engagement, etc.). Others assisting with the m-Learning Scholars project include Albertsons Library assistant professors Amy Vecchione and Memo Cordova.

Program participants include faculty members from the College of Business and Economics and the departments of Educational Technology, Geosciences, History, Linguistics, Music and Respiratory Care.

For more information about Boise State’s m-Learning Scholars initiative, visit http://ctl.boisestate.edu/programs/m-learning.asp.