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. Those are the moments when education truly becomes meaningful. Teacher education professor Billie McConnell uses those moments.

Aha! Moments  

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. Today, mobile devices and global networks enable students and teachers to access information from knowledge centers anywhere in the world.

Broadening Classrooms  

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? Social work professor Dr. Stephen Baldridge uses mobile devices to facilitate authentic discussion.

Honest Answers  

Grappling with tough questions requires honesty. But how can instructors encourage students to express their true thoughts on contentious issues?

Class participation provides the best gauge of student understanding. But in large classes, gleaning full participation is nearly impossible. Curt Niccum, assistant professor of Bible, talks about how he uses mobile polling software to help.

Student Voices  

Full class participation provides the best gauge of students' understanding. But in large classes, gleaning participation from every student is nearly impossible.

Like teachers everywhere, ACU  communications professor Kristina Campos is continually thinking about how best to use the time with her students. Podcasting enables her to convey basic information to students outside of class.

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.

Mobile devices may help engage students at the undergraduate level, but do they have a similar impact among the rigors of graduate school? Jaime Goff, director of ACU's Marriage and Family Studies, discusses her experimentation.

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?

Visionary ideas are great, but they must be backed up by results. What response are we seeing among students who use mobile devices for learning? ACU Mobile Learning Fellow Brad Crisp reports on data from his longitudinal study.

Just the Facts  

Visionary ideas are great, but they must be backed up by results. What results are we seeing?

It's always rewarding to see students apply classroom knowledge to their daily lives. Dwayne Harapnuik, director of faculty enrichment at ACU's Adams Center for Teaching and Learning describes how the mobile learning initiative is transforming the wa

Making It Their Own  

It's always rewarding to see students apply classroom knowledge to their daily lives.

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

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2009-2010 Mobile Learning Report

2009-10 Report (PDF)


2008-2009 Mobile Learning Report