Can Mobile Devices Be Used in Academics?

“Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.”

This key finding from a recent study conducted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) provides insight on students’ experiences and expectations when it comes to the use of technology in their courses. The article, “ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013”, raises many interesting questions. How exactly will mobile devices be used in courses? Will students actually use their devices for academics, or will they simply be a distraction? How can instructors monitor who’s using their mobile device for academics and who’s not? Let us know what you think!

Check out the full article here.

2 responses to “Can Mobile Devices Be Used in Academics?

  1. I often ask my students to pull out their phones to run a quick search. We also use them to compare mobile sites versus desktop versions and talk about rhetorical choices the designers made between them. Great questions to start thinking more about.

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