What is Mobile Learning?
There is much debate over the last several years about how to define mobile learning. In an educational context, Educause does an excellent job of defining mobile learning as “any educational interaction delivered via mobile technology, that allows teaching and learning to extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom”. At Humboldt State University (HSU), we envision a learning environment that has no boundaries; one that utilizes mobile technologies in ways that enhance the learning experiences by opening the doors to the world where students can explore, think, problem-solve, and create.
What is Happening at HSU with Mobile Learning?
Spring 2011 - the HSU Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) facilitated an iPad users group focused on how to use the iPad to support learning and teaching.
Fall 2012 – CELT created a follow-up, semester-long FLC on Mobile Technologies, where faculty explored mobile technologies for teaching, learning, and personal productivity.
Spring 2014 - the College of eLearning facilitated a semester-long Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on mLearning that created a fun and safe environment in which faculty collaboratively explored, applied and shared mobile technologies and pedagogies to enhance student learning.
- Collection of the mobile lessons (mLessons): Mobile Lessons in Higher Education
- List of explored mobile apps: Spring 14 FLC mLearning Apps
- Join us with our Twitter hashtag: #mobileflc or #mobileHSU
- All Tweets will populate to our TagBoards: https://tagboard.com/mobileFLC or https://tagboard.com/mobileHSU
Feedback from FLCers
“So that tech teaching does not eclipse all else, though, we’ll also have to find new ways to motivate students to spend the extra effort required to learn the new tech. Because it’s fun. Because it empowers the students.” – Deidre Pike – Journalism
“Overall, the FLC experience has made me both excited about the opportunities offered by mLearning and cautious about how mLearning lessons can be implemented effectively. With the increase in mobile technology likely to continue, it seems foolish to ignore the possibilities it offers, but I want to make choices that will enhance my course content rather than distracting students with technology. To this end, I am looking forward to next semester when I can plan mLessons in advance, better integrating them into my course syllabus and content.” -
Sue McIntyre – English
Fall 2014 – BYOD Mobile Learning Sessions
Friday, September 19th – SH 117 9-11am
Classroom Use – mobile lessons, all disciplines
Friday, October 17th – SH 117 9-11am
Collaborative, Content Sharing Elements, all disciplines
Friday, November 14th – SH 117 9-11am
Field Journals, all disciplines
Questions or Want to Learn More about Mobile?
Please contact *Kimberly Vincent-Layton at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*I have used mobile learning in my classroom for several years and am happy to support you as you begin your exploration into mobile learning!