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Mobile technology is becoming ubiquitous, and readily accessible. Most students enrolling in 2013 will have access to a smartphone or tablet computer capable of accessing the internet and running applications that could support their learning. This trend of abundant ownership and use of smartphones and tablets is set to increase. Along with this trend, is the opportunity to use mobile technologies to support and develop the learning of students.

How can Mobile Technologies be used to advance student learning?

A range of accessible applications, podcasts, and information sharing files give rise to a wide range of potential opportunities to develop the learning styles of students, as well as the teaching styles of lecturers. Such opportunities allow for lectures and academic material to be placed online and accessed by students through particular sites such as YouTube.com/education and iTunes U. Utilising the application of mobile technology for the development of student learning in Higher Education with the traditional methods of university teaching (e.g. lectures and seminars) allow for a blended approach to learning and teaching.

Why should I use Mobile Technologies?

Utilising mobile technologies for student learning and advancing teaching styles can result in numerous advantages, for both students and lecturers. Firstly, they allow for a diversification in teaching methods. This diversification can accommodate for the different styles of student learning. The development and use of mobile technologies can assist in improving, and evolving, teaching styles and learning methods. Secondly, there are a vast array of existing applications that are available that could lend themselves well to courses taught at Liverpool Hope. These applications are often free or cheap to purchase. The use of these applications with the increasing ownership and use of mobile technology for educational purposes would save time preparing educational materials and teaching time.

Examples of best practice

The following links below highlight examples of best practice where mobile technologies have been incorporated in higher education institutions:

  • Lynn University, Florida offer courses using iTunes U and require students to purchase an iPad which is loaded with student’s core reading materials and course content. Over time, the device saves money for students purchasing textbooks. Additionally, this method allows for a “flipped classroom” where contact time is based on discussion, rather than instruction. More details can be found here:
  • In 2010, Rutgers University, New Jersey utilised tablets to merge the benefits of instructor-led teaching and the power and flexibility of the iPad to produce a Masters level course in Digital Marketing. More details can be found here.

Additional resources

The following links below are provided to allow for lecturers to explore the role of mobile technologies in education; the advantages of its use for learning and teaching; as well as other accessible resources that may be useful:

  • Apple in Education highlights a multitude of ways that mobile technologies such as iPads can be used to transform learning and teaching.
  • iTunes U provides course material in one application. From the iTunes U app, students can play video or audio lectures and take notes that are synchronised with the lecture. They can read books and view presentations. In addition, iTunes U is integrated with iBooks and related textbooks can be downloaded and viewed on the iPad.
  • The University of Liverpool showcases a range of apps that students and staff can use that will support their learning and teaching.