Learners and mobile devices (#NPF14LMD): A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change
There are two significant gaps in current knowledge about learners and mobile devices. Firstly, ‘net-generation’ learners do not automatically apply the functionality of their devices to the attainment of deep learning outcomes. Secondly there is a lack of studies on integration of findings from m-learning research into sustainable change in curriculum, policy and infrastructure. The project will address these gaps through a range of methods and approaches as outlined below. The key deliverable for the project is a range of practical strategies for students, teachers and leaders to utilise the affordances of mobile devices for pedagogical transformation and empowering learners.
The overarching questions that drive the project are:
Will learners’ mobile devices deliver innovation, inclusion, and transformation—the main potential benefits for learners? If so, how? What is the ‘framework for enhanced learning and institutional change’ that will deliver these benefits? (Traxler, 2010)
The following sub-questions frame the tools and approaches used in the project:
- What are the current conceptions about learners and mobile devices held by staff and student participants?
- What does research tell us about effective learning and teaching with m-devices?
- What kinds of support are required for teachers in their professional learning about effective use of m-devices ?
- How can learners use the devices they already own more effectively in their studies?
- What are the benefits and disadvantages of a BYOD approach for learners ?
- What changes are required in the institutional context to enable staff and student engagement with mobile devices for enhanced learning outcomes?
- What are the benefits and challenges for Māori learners—how can traditional Māori pedagogies be better integrated into learning and teaching and what roles can mobile devices play in these pedagogies?
The project is a collaborative network of practice across six tertiary insitutions where some 37 practitioners will develop case studies of local practice to inform the engagement with the project questions and inform the development of the key deliverable.
The following tools and methods will be used to develop the case studies:
- Surveys of staff and student participants (questions 1,3,7)
- Follow-up focus group interviews (1,3,4,5,6,7)
- Reflections/posts/narratives /Skype chats with staff participants (1,3,4,5,6,7)
- Curation and analysis of social media #NPF14LMD (all questions)
- Existing measures of learning outcomes and student experience e.g. grades, student feedback surveys, paper and programme evaluations, etc. (1,3,4,5,6,7)
- Annotated bibliography of current research with appropriate critical reflection and evaluation (2)
- Implementation of m-learning approaches in papers (all questions)
The project frame and approach is summarised in the diagram below (updated on 31 March 2015):
For further information on the project feel welcome to search the project hashtag #NPF14LMD on Google and Twitter, participate in the G+ community at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106563316255599432891 , and/or contact
Dr Stanley Frielick (Contact Project Leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ako Aotearoa $150,000 (excl. GST)
Organisational contribution $150,000 (excl. GST)
Project commenced: February 2014
Expected project completion: Early 2016
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