Mobile Device Application and Evaluation in Tertiary Education

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The proliferation of wireless networks and more powerful mobile devices has created opportunities to extend and enhance the student learning environment. Unfortunately, systematic investigation and evaluation into how these technologies can be innovatively employed to help teaching and learning in university settings has not kept pace with the technologies themselves. Aspects of andragogy and pedagogy need to be taken into consideration as the classroom extends more into a virtual environment. This research will seek to address mobile device application and evaluation for technology collaboration in education using a combination of laboratory and field studies. The research plan involves two years of study in extending existing capability with a group of 2,400 undergraduate students currently provided with a common mobile device, i.e., a wireless PDA. The methodology will be based on a mixed mode approach, generating quantitative and qualitative data as appropriate to provide a rich data set from which generalizations and recommendations can reasonably be made. The main outcome of the research will be a set of standards-based learning objects designed for the mobile environment to be made widely available. A selected subset of the applications will be evaluated for their impact on student learning.


Project number7002155
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/0721/01/09