I just wanted to let you know that a former student of mine, Dr. Joanne Gikas, and I have a new article in press right now. This is part of her dissertation research that focused on how teaching and learning occurred with mobile devices in higher education classrooms. “Mobile Computing Devices in Higher Education: Student Perspectives on Learning with Cellphones, Smartphones & Social Media” is concerned with the student learning portion of the research, and the data were collected through focus groups with students at three different universities across the country.
We’re really pleased that this research is being published so quickly through The Internet and Higher Education journal. It was submitted just a couple of months ago and is now in press and available through the journal’s Science Direct “in press” articles section. That’s pretty amazing! Here’s the abstract below and let me know if you are unable to access the article through your databases:
The purpose of this research was to explore teaching and learning when mobile computing devices, such as cellphones and smartphones, were implemented in higher education. This paper presents a portion of the findings on students’ perceptions of learning with mobile computing devices and the roles social media played. This qualitative research study focused on students from three universities across the US. The students’ teachers had been integrating mobile computing devices, such as cellphones and smartphones, into their courses for at least two semesters. Data were collected through student focus group interviews. Two specific themes emerged from the interview data: (a) advantages of mobile computing devices for student learning and (b) frustrations from learning with mobile computing devices. Mobile computing devices and the use of social media created opportunities for interaction, provided opportunities for collaboration, as well as allowed students to engage in content creation and communication using social media and Web 2.0 tools with the assistance of constant connectivity.
And if you have comments about the article or the questions about the data, please leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say.