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Can the Iphone Save Higher Education?


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Abilene Christian University's (ACU’s) Mobile Learning project seeks to evaluate the potential of personal digital devices and social networks to transform teaching and learning. A survey revealed reluctance among some teachers to use handsets because not all students had them, lending weight to the hypothesis that 100 percent device saturation is crucial to educator takeup, according to ACU's Scott Perkins.

Some early data suggests that students with mobile devices have a stronger connection with teachers and teaching assistants, while most faculty agreed that mobile devices somewhat boosted student participation and class engagement.

Perkins says the data suggests that students and teachers are adopting "mobile learning" as increasingly critical to higher education, noting that in today's academic world the challenge is evaluating the reliability of information--a challenge met by collaborative learning strategies.

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