This research examines the impact of smartphones and mobile web 2.0 on teaching and learning in higher education. In particular, it looks at the ways in which these technological affordances might facilitate social constructivist learning environments in a variety of learning contexts.
Qualitative action research methods were adopted to trial these technologies at one New Zealand tertiary organisation. The trials investigated the pedagogical designs which might enhance the utility of these technologies in different learning environments. These trials were evaluated by way of pre- and post- intervention surveys of staff and students, and post-intervention focus groups. Reflective blogs kept by staff and students over the course of the trial were also analysed.