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Integration of Mobile Technology into Undergraduate Engineering CurriculumThe growing rates of mobile devices have led students to expect continuous access to lecturenotes, syllabi, homework assignments, library resources, campus announcements, local andglobal news etc. However, available applications on mobile devices designed for education arelimited. The question of how mobile devices will impact students’ learning and instructors’effective teaching is unanswered. The objective of the current study is to investigate theeffectiveness of mobile technology in enhancing students’ class engagement and learningoutcomes. A pilot activity for integrating Blackboard Mobile Learn (BML) into an introductorylevel Fluid Mechanics course in the Fall semester of 2010 is undertaken. The BML is used toprovide classroom announcements, group discussions, exam solution keys, grades, blogs, classroster, journals, media, and tasks. The BML will be used in the classroom when the instructorinteracts with the students during the lecture time such as review of homework and exams anduse of images and video clips to enhance students’ understanding of course concepts. Outside theregular class time, students will use the BML as their portable 24/7 classroom with on-timeaccess to course materials and tools and real-time assistance from the instructor. Students and theinstructor will evaluate the effectiveness of the BML on students’ learning outcomes throughspecific surveys, homework and exam grades. Some of the surveys developed for ABETassessment will be modified and administered to the students enrolled in the class. Theassessment results will be compared with the evaluation for the same course in the Springsemester 2010 without the use of BML. The introduction of mobile devices into undergraduateengineering courses in order to enhance, NOT replace, the current traditional teaching will beevaluated. The expected educational outcomes include increasing students’ engagement,enhancing students’ understanding of course concepts, improving students’ performance, andproviding real-time interactions between students and instructors. Details of the implementationstrategies, identification of challenging issues, discussion related to possible solutions andrecommendations for future improvement will be undertaken in this pilot study.
Xing, T., & Burge, L. L., & Aglan, H. A. (2011, June), Integration of Mobile Technology into Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18269
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