Dr. Kyle Dickson | Associate Professor of English

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"I love books," says Dr. Kyle Dickson, who is also the director of ACU's Digital Media Center. "I love the smell, and the feel, and the heft of them. So I looked rather suspiciously at the iPhone as a platform for reading. It didn’t seem like a reading device."

What Dickson found in his classes, however, was that students wanted to read not only syllabi and course reference documents on their iPhones - they also wanted to read stories.

"I ran into this when we were reading a short story of Tolstoy's," says Dickson, who uploaded a public-access version of the story to his students' mobile devices. "It took five seconds to distribute, and within five minutes my students had it in front of them. And every one of them read the entire story, not on a printout, which I think I had expected, but on the screen in front of them." 

The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?

2010-2011 Mobile Learning Report

2010-11 Report (PDF)

2009-2010 Mobile Learning Report

2009-10 Report (PDF)

2008-2009 Mobile Learning Report