ACU Connected Year Three: Faculty Perspectives

2010-11 ACU Research: Students access course materials on iPad and compare to laptop.

Mobile Devices vs. Laptops  

Students these days are carrying a wide variety of connected devices, but are they using these different tools to access textbooks and learning resources differently? After studying the habits of business students, ACU’s Brent Reeves says the answer is a clear “yes.”

Classrooms morph as technology becomes more mobile. Students are now experiencing a new dimension of mobility with Apple iPads.

Changing Classrooms 

Classrooms morph as technology becomes more mobile. At ACU, Ian Shepherd has discovered that laptops are not quite as portable as once thought. Incorporating 21st century technology learning skills, students are now experiencing a new dimension of mobility with Apple iPads.

Teachers: Want to know what students really think about your class, how you teach, what they learned? ACU's Greg Straughn discusses how our freshmen are using their mobile devices to podcast class evaluations.

Personalizing Assessment  

An important step in the process of learning is the opportunity to reflect upon both the obstacle and opportunities for growth. ACU’s Greg Straughn discusses how our freshmen are using their mobile devices to capture audio reflections during the semester.

ACU's Nil Santana talks about how students in his photography classes are using their mobile devices to collaborate - to share and critique communal content in a way that takes learning to a whole new level outside the classroom.

A Culture of Sharing  

If you have a mobile phone, you’re likely using it not only to call and text, but also to snap and forward your favorite pics. ACU’s Nil Santana talks about how students in his photography classes are using their mobile devices to collaborate -- to share and critique communal content in a way that takes learning to a whole new level outside the classroom.

Resources for Teachers

Resources for Teachers  

Teachers aren’t just born; they’re taught how to teach. ACU’s Cynthia Powell says podcasting not only reinforces classroom instruction for her student teachers. It also provides a resource they’ll be able to draw from later when they end up leading their own classes.

Teachers who ask their students for feedback during class are often met with stony silence. ACU's Jason Holland, an admitted skeptic when it comes to the incorporation of mobile devices in education, says he's now a believer.

Any Questions?  

“OK, class. Any questions?” Teachers who ask their students for feedback during class are often met with stony silence. ACU’s Jason Holland, an admitted skeptic when it comes to the incorporation of mobile devices in education, says he’s a now believer. Mobile tools let him receive feedback from students that helps him course-correct what and how he teaches in real time.

ACU's Houston Heflin teaches teachers who will one day teach others to teach. Got it? Heflin says podcasting allows his students to put what they're learning to work in the here and now.

Welcoming Student Voices  

ACU’s Houston says podcasting provides him an effective way to communicate with students beyond the classroom. Now he's giving his students the opportunity to contribute their voices to the class, a valuable experience in the future when they become teachers themselves.

ACU's Cornerstone classes for freshmen are meant to provoke deep thought, discussion and debate. Dr. Greg Straughn looks at how blogging "on the fly" with mobile devices helps accomplish those goals.

Blog Environment  

ACU’s Cornerstone classes for freshman are meant to provoke deep thought, discussion and debate. Assistant Provost Greg Straughn looks at how blogging “on the fly” with mobile devices is letting students engage and interact in a virtual space that expands the classroom environment.

Chemistry professor Cynthia Powell talks about how she's bringing colleagues together from other universities in a way that leverages learning opportunities with mobile devices.

  
Leveraging Learning Opportunities

One way ACU is beginning to scale local solutions to a broader audience is through funds like the Next Generation Learning Challenges grant. Chemistry professor Cynthia Powell talks about how she’s bringing colleagues together from other universities to begin to change the way we teach STEM classes. 

Whether a student comes to class is up to the individual; they're the one paying. But Dr. Brent Reeves has found using his mobile device for attendance is altering behavior and changing the changing the level of engagement in his classes.

Setting the Tone  

Whether a student comes to class or not is up to the individual; they’re the one paying for the course... or so ACU’s Brent Reeves will tell you. He has found, however, that using his mobile device to stay on top of attendance is altering behavior, changing the level of engagement in his classes, and improving overall student performance.  

  The ACU Theatre Department's embrace of mobile technology moves to the next level as student director Emily Rankin shares design photos with her cast before production begins. Rankin's actors are later able to access recordings of scenes they've rehe

Project Collaboration

The ACU Theatre Department's embrace of mobile technology moves to the next level as student director Emily Rankin shares design photos with her cast before production begins. Rankin's actors are later able to access recordings of scenes they've rehearsed, which in turn allows them to consider anew how future audience members will react to the finished work.

What better way to teach the next generation of teachers about the value of mobility than to get them out into a real classroom. Dr. Dana Hood is helping her teacher candidates take mobile learning to local kindergartners.

Teaching Tools

What better way to teach the next generation of teachers about the value of mobility than to get them out into a real classroom, where they can learn by doing. At ACU, Dana Hood is helping her teacher candidates create digital stories with kindergarten students at a nearby school. The kids and their student-teachers are learning to think about mobile devices as tools, not toys.

If you've ever studied a foreign language, you know a significant chunk of class time is spent parroting the teacher. At ACU, Paul Roggendorff uses blogs and video to help his students master Spanish.

New Tools, New Language

"OK, class; now repeat after me." If you've ever studied a foreign language, you know a significant chunk of class time is spent parroting the professor's instruction. At ACU, Spanish professor Paul Roggendorff is using blogs and video to let his students master the performance aspects of learning a new tongue. Mobility allows his class to produce language that leads to meaningful communication and interaction in the here and now.

Dr. Stephen Baldridge talks about how he's using mobile devices to get students out of the classroom so they can experience the concepts he's taught them.

Mobilizing the Classroom

Stephen Baldridge talks about how he's using mobile devices to mobilize his students -- to get them out of the classroom so they can experience the concepts he's taught them. Students are posting their pictures, video, podcasts, and comments as a means of facilitating group discussion in the field. It's a way to have class without having to be in class.

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