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Does Equipping Academic Staff with a Mobile Device Help Them to Better Understand, Prepare for and Adopt Mobile Technologies in the Classroom?
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, City University London, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

In the academic year 2010/11 staff across City University London who did not personally own a smart phone or tablet were provided with iPads to raise awareness of the ways in which personally-owned mobile devices can be utilized to support research, teaching and administration. This project followed a mobile device survey interrogating student views of mobile learning, which revealed that students’ expectations and staff attitudes were not in alignment. This paper presents a series of interviews conducted one year on, exploring the academics’ use of the iPads to support teaching and their perspectives on mobile learning, then contrasting these with the expectations of students. The interviews revealed that the academics had adopted the technology with ease. However, they felt that their authority was being challenged by students’ mobile devices in class, and not all participants felt that there was a place for student-owned mobile devices in formal education.

Citation

Reader, K. (2013). Does Equipping Academic Staff with a Mobile Device Help Them to Better Understand, Prepare for and Adopt Mobile Technologies in the Classroom?. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2239-2246). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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