October 23, 2017

Report on three years of mobile learning at Abilene Christian University

Schaffhauser, D. (2011) Mobile Initiatives ‘Breaking Down the Walls of the Classroom’ at Abilene Christian U Campus Technology, October 24

This article summarizes some of the conclusions from Abilene Christian University’s report on three years of using iPods, iPhone and iPads. Over 80% of faculty and students use mobile learning now in their studies.

Director of Educational Innovation Bill Rankin comments:

we’re going to see the classroom space becoming less and less about the place where people discover information and more and more a space for collaboration for stuff I’ve discovered or made elsewhere. The elsewhere–the real world experiences–become my primary classrooms, which is going to have massive implications on how we design spaces, how much space we decide we need, and on what we do on scheduling and courses.

All I can say is ‘At last – someone’s got it!’ Well done, ACU.

Mobile phone security on campus

McCrea, B. (2010) iPhones on Campus: Network Security Goes Mobile Campus Technology, May 27

An article more for IT specialists, it also provides a further update on Abilene Christian University’s project involving iPhones for all students.

See also ‘A University using iPhones for Teaching‘, More on the Mobile Campus’ and Vision for use of iPhone in a University Setting

A university using iPhones for teaching

McCrea, B. (2010) Pioneering mobile learning Campus Technology, January 27

If you can get past the really irritating Blackboard advertisement that blocks the whole content on all articles in the online version of Campus Technology, this article contains a useful account of how Abilene Christian University is using mobile learning for ‘real’ teaching. It has built its own interface/app for its LMS, as well as other more conventional uses of mobile phones. It is also getting students to use their iPhones/iTouch to create learning materials.

This is an update on the new developments at Abilene reported earlier: Vision for Use of iPhones in a University Setting

More on the mobile campus

Kolowich, S. (2009) The mobile campus Inside Higher Education, Sept 21

In Abilene Christian University’s 2008-2009 Mobile-Learning Report Scott Perkins, a psychology professor and director of research for the mobile initiative, writes that “iPhones present a more attractive platform for learning” than current classroom tools, and “learning activities can be successfully transitioned to mobile-device platforms.” Furthermore, 89 percent of students and 87 percent of faculty polled called the program successful.

Perkins said “We could do this study for 10 years, and then maybe we could talk about statistical significance,” he said. “That’s just simply a function of the sample size.” In order to generate data that would comment widely on the uses and effectiveness of mobile technology on campuses, Perkins added, the study would have to partner with other institutions.

See also Guess, A. (2008) Apples for all Inside Higher Education, March 5

Vision for Use of iPhones in a University Setting

Abilene Christian University has developed a vision for how iPhones can be used for teaching and learning in a university.