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Mobile Teaching: Merging Smart Phones, Cloud, and Desktop to Achieve Content-specific Instruction in a Generic Environment

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Teaching with Technology

Tagged Division

Educational Research and Methods

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.908.1 - 23.908.12

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https://peer.asee.org/22293

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22

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Larry Burton North Carolina A&T University (Tech)

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Dr. Burton received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University. He has 25 years executive international management experience in technology-based businesses, and holds ten patents in microwave and optical communications, video switching, and broadband infrastructure. His current research is focused on high availability / high reliability enterprise computing.

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Robert Cobb Jr. North Carolina A&T State University

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Ibraheem A. Kateeb North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Ibraheem Kateeb is the section chair of Central NC section and a Senior Member of IEEE with over 25 years of experience in academia and industry. He received his Ph.D. from NCA&TSU. He is currently at NCA&TSU as Assistant Professor of Computer Systems Technology Department. His current research is on power and green energy, and control/robotics. In the last two years, he published more than 27 journal and conference papers and has many projects and grants in Power, Renewable Energy and Smart Grid related issues. Dr. Kateeb was recognized as the recipient of Academic Excellent Award from CARTS International 2012 (ECIA Electronic Components Industry Association).

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Li-Shiang Tsay North Carolina A & T State University

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Li-Shiang Tsay earned her Ph.D. degree in information technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Systems Technology at NCA&TSU. Her research aims to augment people’s ability to deliver high performing solutions to maximize their data assets. To this end, she conducts research that spans the areas of Data Mining, Multimedia Databases, Intelligent Web Search, Complexity Adaptive Systems, and Rough Sets. The results of her research are widely published in several referred journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings and were presented at several international conferences. Dr. Tsay edited books for Springer and InderScience publishers. She is a member of the Editorial Board of an international journal in data mining. She was Program Chair of several international conferences. She has served and is currently serving as a member of the Program Committee of several international conferences. Dr. Tsay is honored to serve as a member of the Honorary Chair and Advisory Boards for several international conferences.

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Cameron Seay North Carolina A&T State University

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Cameron Seay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Systems Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a doctorate in educational psychology and advanced degrees in business, computer information systems and economics.

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Tony E. Graham I Department of Built Environment

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Tony E. Graham, D. Eng., Assoc. AIA, is an Associate Professor - Navy Research Fellow in the Department of Built Environment - Construction Management program - School of Technology at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro where he specializes in sustainable construction, building information model (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS). He received his Doctorate of Engineering and Masters of Architecture from Morgan State University and BS in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. With over 30 years of combined professional and academic experience, Dr. Graham has served as principal investigator on research projects addressing GIS technology and education, including projects on a) the development of a GIS carbon footprint model and b) anti terrorism and airborne contaminants, which recently were presented at the ESRI International GIS Users Conferences. From 2006 to 2013, Dr. Graham has presented his research at state, regional and international conferences. Dr. Graham has received several awards including National Black Herstory Task Force Recognition, several North Carolina Sustainable Building Design Competition Awards, Environmental Design + Construction Sustainable Design Award, American Society for Quality Competition Award, and a Faculty of the Year Award. He has developed undergraduate architectural curriculum and Masters of Architecture programs. He has also developed undergraduate curriculum in construction management using BIM technology. Currently he is working on developing GIS and BIM certification programs at the graduate level.

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Chafic BouSaba NC A&T SU, CST Dept.

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Abstract

Mobile Teaching: Merging Smart Phones, Cloud, and Desktop to Achieve Content-specific Instruction in a Generic Environment.Many educational institutions face a similar problem today: the necessity to reorganize teaching and labspace to improve facility utilization. [school] made the difficult decision to eliminate dedicated labs andclassrooms for content-specific instruction. Labs and classrooms previously equipped with privatenetworks and custom operating systems were replaced with a single large classroom equipped withthin-client Windows-based computers.Student demand for Linux instruction has grown eight-fold in four years at [school]. In fall 2012, seatswere limited to 60 students, and more students were involuntarily dropped. This begs the question,"How do large classes of students learn the intricate details of the Linux operating system in aWindows-based classroom with no lab?" The obvious answer is cloud-based Linux images, but cloudaccess alone is not a learning environment. The authors implemented a mobile virtual environmentwhich included a new textbook, new learning aides, and an immersive hands-on regimen. Before andafter metric-based learning outcome assessment will be presented in the paper. Before data has beencompiled, and after data will be compiled at the close of the fall 2012 semester.Methodology: The key concept is "Linux learning, anywhere, anytime." The implementation beganwith a new electronic textbook designed to present topics and tasks in five-minute sections targetedtoward mobile device access. This approach was enthusiastically received by students accustomed toinstant access, self-paced learning, and instant gratification. Students perceive reading assignmentsalmost as a game to be completed on their smart phone while walking to class or connected to the wi-fihotspot. Each short lesson is followed by individual hands-on exercises. Students use Secure Shell(SSH) to access multiple physical and cloud-based Linux servers directly from their mobile device. Ona separate server, flashcards geared to each topic allow students to reinforce their learning throughdirected repetition.In the classroom, mini-lectures expand upon the reading, and selected five-minute, hands-on practicesessions reinforce the mini-lectures and accommodate limited attention spans. Students use personalwi-fi connected smart phones, tablets, laptops, and the desktop Windows thin clients in the classroom.Key to the desktop usage is the Firefox web browser with FireSSH and epub-reader add-ons. Studentsuse multiple windows to have a side-by-side textbook and Linux command line interface available, aswell as access to the [school] content management system. The command-line interface to a commongroup of servers engages students in an electronic collaborative environment that emulates theprofessional global enterprise IT environment. The seamless, mobile-oriented environment providesstudents with 24/7 course access from almost any device or operating system.Outcome assessment: Specific exercises have been designed over several semesters to assess[accreditation agency] outcomes. This historical record allows retrospective analysis of the impact ofdelivery methodology on specific outcomes.Larger impact: This methodology can be applied to other content-specific technology instruction.Successful application of this methodology can improve student learning outcomes, improve facilityutilization, and reduce instructional cost.

Burton, L., & Cobb, R., & Kateeb, I. A., & Tsay, L., & Seay, C., & Graham, T. E., & BouSaba, C. (2013, June), Mobile Teaching: Merging Smart Phones, Cloud, and Desktop to Achieve Content-specific Instruction in a Generic Environment Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22293

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