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Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Henny Mills


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Early in 2011 the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) introduced the PEARL project: PioneeringEducation: Advanced Resource for Learning to recognize the need to innovate the delivery of teaching material. It aimed tocloser align with developments in student’s interest and approach to learning. The modernisation of teaching methods wasrecognised as essential to help foster the development of new pedagogical approaches and to improve the studentexperience. Initially, the PEARL project researched into the delivery and distribution of electronic-only teaching materials viamobile devices, principally tablet computers and their way of integration into a HE establishment as a main medium to accesslecture handouts etc. Since the AY 2012/2013 all incoming students to the CEG have been provided with an Android basedtablet to enable them to access T&L material on a 24/7 basis. The use of mobile devices in higher education has eased withthe development of mobile device friendly teaching support apps, such as Blackboard Mobile, Recap, Responseware and theNewcastle University app to access the timetable, maps, library and PC availability across the Newcastle University campusWith the developments of mobile devices over the last three years, the suitability of such devices has improved and studentshave accepted the devices and confirmed that it enhances their university experience. It will show how the students learninghas changed using mobile devices and that the need for the paper handouts is not required anymore to facilitate the studentslearning. Furthermore the paper describes the student perception of using tablets and discusses issues and concerns basedon the change of the teaching delivery. It analysis several student questionnaires to understand how students accepted andadopted the mobile devices. It confirmed that mobile devices and e-learning have become central to the students learning and their peer-support structure

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mills H

Editor(s): Amanda Jefferies and Marija Cubric

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 14th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL 2015

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 372-381

Print publication date: 28/10/2015

Acceptance date: 20/05/2015

Publisher: ACPI, UK


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ISBN: 9781510814318