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Boise State Advances Innovative Teaching Practices with Mobile Learning

By: Brady W Moore   Published 9:36 am / April 7, 2017

The Center for Teaching and Learning with the IDEA Shop (Instructional Design and Educational Assessment) continue to advance innovative teaching by hosting annual programs, which help faculty pair pedagogical practices with emerging technologies. The Mobile Learning Summer Institute (MLSI) is a three-day intensive workshop focused on creative pedagogical strategies that leverage the power of mobile devices to enhance teaching and learning.

Faculty participants from the 2016 MLSI reported having a 60 percent perceived increase in understanding how to incorporate active learning techniques with mobile technologies, in addition to a 70 percent increase in knowing how to design and implement team based activities using mobile devices. Also, 100 percent of participants reported having a significant increase in their overall knowledge of how to increase learning in the classroom through mobile device use.

The foundation of the MLSI is built on a unique faculty mentoring model, wherein experienced faculty present best practices and mentor novice practitioners. About 90 percent of the 2016 MLSI was taught faculty to faculty. Faculty participants reported that hearing actual examples of mobile device use in the classroom from faculty mentors was more powerful learning experience than just hearing about the potential pedagogic benefits of mobile learning.

The 2017 MLSI will be hosted May 17-19 at the Micron Business and Economics Building. Applications for participation are being accepted until April 17. To apply and for more information, visit the MLSI 2017 web page or contact Lana Grover at or by calling (208) 496-1862