Friday, August 21, 2009

Everyday Uses Of Mobile Technologies For First Year University Students

McCracken, J., Withers, D. & Fee, J. (2007). The contexts and everyday uses of mobile technologies for first year university students: Implications for learning activity design. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 2077-2080). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


The potential for integrating mobile technologies in higher education is vast, yet complex against the backdrop of endless configurations of choices, applications and approaches confounded by institutional infrastructure issues.

In order to reduce the complexity, our program development team has approached the issue in a pragmatic fashion, by looking to our students’ everyday use as a starting point in our designs. We believe that this approach will constrain the plethora of possibilities and reduce the infrastructure required to support our choices.

By identifying those technologies that students already own, investigating how students use them in everyday contexts and finding ways to integrate these existing technologies in similar ways, we believe that the opportunities to embed such technologies in our course designs will lead to a high level of acceptance.



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