At the beginning of my journey as a digital educator I decided that mobile learning was the disruptive innovation needed at my institution to spark real changes for our students and faculty and learning environments in which they learn and teach. It’s my vision that my mobile learning initiative will prepare our students for the future and arm them with the 21st century survival skills they need. Looking back a few posts you can see WHY we need to make these changes and how mobile devices and apps can transform learning into more immersive, personalized and collaborative experiences and will instill a passion for self-directed, continued education.
There is a lot of uncertainty that comes with any new technology implementation. How do students and faculty feel about using mobile devices in the classroom? Are they using mobile devices to enrich assignments, projects and collaborative activities? Are the students more engaged or motivated when using their mobile devices for learning? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself. How can I measure the effects of the mobile learning initiative and how will I know its altering our learning environments in positive ways? Thankfully we have have Douglas Hubbard’s book (2014), How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, which explains that we can truly measure anything by making observations that ultimately reduce our uncertainty.
Take a look at the presentation below which gives a brief outline of the measurement plan I developed using Hubbard’s book. At first I thought I would be measuring the success or failure of my initiative but have since decided to focus on the current ownership, utilization for teaching and learning, perceptions, and competency level with regards to mobile devices and apps by our faculty and undergraduate student population.
I developed this presentation in Keynote because I prefer it over PowerPoint and like it’s features. The graphics included on my slides were found using the Creative Commons search and I’ve attributed all the photos that required me to do so. I especially like using the framing and drop shadow effects in Keynote to make the graphics really POP and love when I find some really great .png files because they look the best. After completing the Keynote presentation it was necessary to export it as a PDF in order to upload to SlideShare (SlideShare doesn’t support the .key format). The next step was to grab the WordPress Shortcode from the Share tab in SlideShare and paste it in the HTML editor in this post. I tend to spend a lot of time polishing my presentations so I hope you enjoy it.