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Charles Sturt University's Mobile Learning Project

ACU research sheds light on mobility in teaching & learning

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Some really interesting research has been released from Abilene Christian University on mobile learning. They have a 1:1 ratio of mobile devices for staff and students and ran a trial with iPads over the last year with some interesting results:

  • students who used an iPad to annotate text performed at a rate 25 percent higher on questions regarding transfer of information than their counterparts who used only paper.
  • a 95% satisfaction rate using the iPad to accomplish their online coursework, citing convenience and the device’s range of features
  • 86% of students reported improved student-to-student and student-to-teacher collaboration when using mobile devices
  • 84% of ACU’s faculty reported using their devices frequently in class to facilitate enhanced classroom collaboration. 50% of ACU faculty reported using their mobile devices during every class period.
I had the pleasure of being able to meet with most of the people mentioned here who shared with me some of their preliminary data back in April. They were really excited about their findings back then, and I think you can see why!
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Author: Tim Klapdor

Passionate about good design, motivated by the power of media and enchanted by the opportunities of technology.

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