Prof to present at mobile learning conference

Posted November 27, 2012

As mobile learning programs take hold at universities nationwide, educators must decide how to best meet the needs of students and faculty from diverse technological backgrounds. Dr. Stephen Baldridge, director and assistant professor of social work, will present at the upcoming Academic Impressions (AI) conference on the mobile learning research he's conducted at Abilene Christian.

AI is an institute dedicated to providing resources to improve university quality and techniques. This year's conference, Using Mobile Devices to Transform Teaching and Learning, will take place in Boston, Mass., Jan. 30 - Feb. 1. It will focus on how educators can implement effective mobile learning strategies.

"I am passionate about finding new and different techniques to help students learn in the best way possible," says Baldridge. "I hope I can share some of my successes and failures to help teachers take their students outside the traditional classroom 'box.'"

Baldridge will speak on mobile privacy and safety issues as well as best teaching and learning practices. He will share output from actual assignments and case studies to demonstrate practices that have proved effective for his students.

Many topics will be covered over the course of three days, from the feasibility and infrastructure of using devices on a campus to specifics on how to implement them into teaching and learning activities. The conference will be small-scale, allowing for a high level of interactivity between presenters and the attendees. Baldridge is looking forward to the hands-on work, instruction and information sharing, some of which he will bring back to ACU. 

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