Upon completion of my proposal outline, I started sharing my ideas regarding the mobile learning initiative and BYOD with my colleagues at Lamar. A few of my colleagues are excited about my ideas and have been very supportive. I’m in the very beginning stages of defining a clear vision of what I hope to accomplish for faculty and students here. Mainly, I want our students to have a better learning experience through the use of mobile devices. I would like our faculty to incorporate mobile learning and the use of mobile devices in their curriculum and shift to a more social, personalized, student-centric learning model for our students.
I am certain that Professional Development, training and workshops will need to be a top priority for all so that we can make the shift to mobile learning go more smoothly. So far, I’ve got a short list of topics related to mobile learning and BYOD I plan to present at our LU Online Workshops and I am working on my first presentation. I hope to also incorporate some sessions that discuss disruptive innovation, being proactive and seeing innovation as opportunities that can bring about positive changes in our organization. In addition, I’m trying to determine the best collaboration platform for our faculty to discuss and share ideas about mobile learning, BYOD and other technology innovations.
As this course comes to a close, I can say I’ve developed a sense of urgency; a determination to embrace opportunities for change with the ultimate goal of enriching our learning environment. I feel like we are heading in the right direction with mobile learning because this is one of the top trends identified when completing my literature review. I was also able to review several case studies of other universities that have implemented mobile learning with great success. It definitely fits the definition of a disruptive innovation and mobile technology is everywhere, on and off campus. I plan to continue building and improving this initiative so that we can incorporate it successfully here at Lamar.
In addition to moving forward with the mobile learning initiative, I plan to stay abreast of new technology innovations and trends so that I can continue to recognize and leverage disruptive innovations as catalysts for change at Lamar. I will stay up-to-date by reading the current and upcoming ECAR studies, the Horizon report for Higher Education, and Meeker’s Internet Trends report which I consider, as a change agent, invaluable resources for identifying key trends, challenges, and upcoming technologies in education. Lastly, some books I would like to read are Handbook on Innovations in Learning, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clayton M. Christensen and Henry j. Eyring, and .edu: Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education by Tracey Wilen-Daugenti. I’m also interested in reading The End of College by Kevin Carey. It is my hope that by reading these books it will further develop my understanding of disruptive innovation and mobile learning in higher education so that I may effectively communicate to my colleagues and faculty here on campus what I’ve learned.
Carey, K. (2015) . The end of college. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
Christensen, C. M., & Eyring, H. J. (2011) . The innovative university: Changing the DNA of higher education from the inside out. San Fransico, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Murphy, M., Redding, S., & Twyman, J. (Eds.) . (2014) . Handbook on innovations in learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Wilen-Daugenti, T. (2009) . .edu: Technology and learning environments in higher education. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.