Virtual School Meanderings

March 20, 2014

SITE 2014 – Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace? Exploring Virtual Students Perceptions of Mobile Learning

This is the eighteenth and final session I am blogging from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2014 conference. The program details for this session were:

Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace? Exploring Virtual Students Perceptions of Mobile Learning

Michael Barbour, Sacred Heart University, United States
Tamme Quinn Grzebyk, Wayne State University, United States
John Eye, Southern Utah University, United States

Thursday, March 20 3:00-4:00 PM in River Terrace 3

Over the past decade, the number of K-12 students engaged in online learning has increased from 50,000 to more than two million. Students have also gained increased access to mobile devices throughout recent years, and educators have actively looked for ways to capitalize on this trend. A group of students enrolled in an advanced history course, offered by a statewide, supplemental virtual school in the Midwest were studied over the course of four weeks, an app that works on mobile devices, and offers an emulated version that runs on a computer. Findings in this small-scale exploratory study showed that despite the fact that existing literature indicated students’ perceptions were positive toward mobile technologies, these students’ perceptions were negative. While the isolated implementation of the project may have affected these perceptions, there is also indication that the success of the project, in terms of perception, may depend also on students’ access to mobile devices.

This was an odd one, as the online schedule is shown above, but the printed program had it scheduled from 4:15pm to 5:15pm.  Either way, this was my session and it was based on the article found at:

http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr/tojde55/articles/article_8.htm

And since it was a roundtable, I just sat around and chatted about the article using this link.

Until next year, signing out from SITE 2014….

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