ACU Connected Year Two: Faculty Perspectives
Since fall 2008, the ACU Connected initiative has distributed mobile devices to over 2,500 students and faculty, creating what Inside Higher Education calls "a 200-acre petri dish for studying the intersection of mobile technology and higher education." This campus-wide program seeks to foster broad experimentation and focused research. Our goal is to better understand the new capabilities and dynamics that these devices bring to a university environment.
In the following interviews, you'll hear our faculty reflecting on what they've learned during the initiative's second year, as they have implemented mobile learning strategies in a range of disciplines.
They happen unexpectedly -- those "aha!" moments when a student sees a theoretical concept appear in practical situations.
In past centuries, academic instruction was limited to knowledge found within the four walls of the classroom.
Grappling with tough questions requires honesty. But how can instructors encourage students to express their true thoughts on contentious issues?
Full class participation provides the best gauge of students' understanding. But in large classes, gleaning participation from every student is nearly impossible.
Freeing Up Class Time
Like teachers everywhere, ACU assistant professor of communication Kristina Campos is continually thinking about how best to use the time with her students.
Enriching Graduate School
Mobile devices may help to engage students at the undergraduate level, but do they have a similar impact among the rigors of graduate school?
Just the Facts
Visionary ideas are great, but they must be backed up by results. What results are we seeing?
Making It Their Own
It's always rewarding to see students apply classroom knowledge to their daily lives.