During 2009, the author taught a large freshman course in which all students were equipped with iPhones. The devices were employed during approximately 80% of class meetings, for activities including registering attendance, sparking class discussion, taking quizzes, sharing group contact information, and viewing instructor podcasts. This paper discusses connected learning tools in general, identifying five key areas in which they might be expected to improve teaching and learning. Next, it describes specifically how these tools were used in one large class. Finally, it makes recommendations for how connected learning tools might be more effectively deployed in the future.
|Keywords:||Connected Learning, iPhone, e-Learning, Teaching, Technology|
Assistant Professor, Management Sciences Department, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA