At a time when many homes are filled with electronic gadgets, educationalists are attempting to gauge how much technology to bring into classes. A key issue for both students and staff at universities and colleges is what to do about mobile devices in the lecture room.
The primary purpose of this study was to discover whether student consensus exists on how best mobile devices can be deployed as a learning aid, and negatives reduced. Furthermore, to establish how often students use a mobile device for activities like note-taking and searching for material relevant to the class, but also how frequently students are, in fact, texting friends or arranging their social lives. The paper concludes that change and exploration offer both students and staff the opportunity to positively engage and embrace use of mobile devices in HE teaching, so that we can make real the much-vaunted possibilities of technology-based co-production of learning
Change and exploration offer students and staff the opportunity to positively embrace use of mobile devices in higher education teaching, so that the much-vaunted pursuit of technology-based co-production of learning can become a reality. There is a need to evaluate the incidence and effect of the use of mobile devices in class, however, given the newness and rapidly changing nature of the technologies. This study presents a review of the pros and cons of students using mobile phones, smartphones, laptops and tablets in contact sessions. It sets out to determine how the potential of mobile devices for learning may be realised, and negatives minimised, given that the literature paints a very mixed picture of both positive and negative impacts of using mobile devices for higher education teaching and learning. In addition, there are insights from students about how they and lecturers can practically enhance use of technologies in class. There remain gaps in research around this topic, for example, looking at whether students undertaking different subjects respond differently to the use of mobile devices for study.
Mobiles in class?
James Garo Derounian
First Published December 17, 2017
From Active Learning in Higher Education