There’s an interesting new forecast from Gartner predicting that within three years, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web browsing device, with approx. 1.8 billion devices accessing information on the cloud. Just yesterday, our faculty were looking at Google Analytics of our student portal, and saw we had 2% access by iPhone (and 35% by Mac). It’s a small number, but a beginning. There was a growing excitement among us as we realized that some of our graduate students were living mobile learning, and what we had done to facilitate that access was to have our program offered fully online.
This summer, Barbara Schroeder and Chris Haskell will be offering a new elective for us, EDTECH 597: Mobile Learning: Devices, Applications, and Pedagogy. How cool is that? Actually, since they created the Cool Teacher Podcast, I wouldn’t expect anything less from these two experts. As we’ve been discussing mobile learning over the last year or so, the question was posed to Chris and Barbara, “Could you teach an entire class on an iPhone?” The answer of course was yes, and voila, we have a great new course coming up.
I recently traveled out of state with my husband. We were both noticing and commenting on how little we actually used our laptops, and spent our online time using our iphones. It was quick and easy, and I didn’t feel as tied down to login and be somewhere stationary. On my gadget wish list, I would like my iphone to serve as my computer, and have the ability to hook it up to an Apple Cinema display as needed, just like I do now when I take my regular laptop with me to work everyday. Yes, mobile learning and all that it means and implies is coming. I’m reflecting on next year’s strategic planning process, and our need to give deep consideration to the implications for our classes and programs.