The measurement strategy for our mobile learning initiative has changed a little since the initial measurement outline presentation, especially after looking to the research and giving the measurement plan more thought. The research suggests that surveys and focus groups work best for measuring the effectiveness of educational technology initiatives so I’ll be using those methods in our measurement strategy. I’ve decided to narrow the focus to our faculty so that we can identify whether they are using mobile technologies inside the classroom for teaching as well as outside the classroom for their own personal learning and enrichment. In addition, if faculty are using mobile technologies for learning I would like to find out how they are using it and if they aren’t I want to find the reasons why. After all, if our faculty aren’t interested in or modeling mobile learning then our students certainly won’t be motivated to do so.
For the measurement strategy, I chose to replicate the Faculty Mobile Learning Survey instrument and Faculty Interview Questionnaire used by Pamela Pollara in her Mobile Learning Study done for her dissertation in 2011 at LSU. I reproduced the survey in a Google form and the link for the live survey will be emailed to all faculty on campus after I’ve gotten approval from our Institutional Review Board. The survey is very comprehensive and contains relevant questions however it is a little lengthy and may need to be trimmed down somewhat. However, it was difficult for me to decide which questions to take out because I thought them all equally necessary in order to get the data I’m really seeking. I’m hoping to get some of the participants to provide email addresses so that I can set up interviews and create focus groups in order to gain qualitative data using the questionnaire. Eventually I’d like to also survey the students using Pollara’s Student Mobile Learning Survey along with her Student Interview Questionnaire. This will give me insights into what the students are doing with mobile learning in which the results can then be compared with the faculty.
The Google form will collect all the responses and I plan to analyze the survey results from there. I’d like to then compare the results with the results from the original study that I’ve replicated and compose a report that consists of my findings, conclusions, recommendations and implications for further research. I plan to share the report initially with our administrative leaders and colleagues and eventually with the faculty, staff and students. Individual participant identities will remain confidential and will not be published in the report. It is my intention that this report guides our mobile learning initiative and prompts the required modifications and improvements along the way. Our measurement strategy should answer the important questions and give us a better picture of what our faculty are or are not doing, what kind of support and training they need, and how we can enable them to be mobile learning leaders.
The faculty holds the key to our success!
Pollara, P., (2011). Mobile learning in higher education: a glimpse and a comparison of student and faculty, Readiness, attitudes and perceptions. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Educational Theory, Policy & Practice, Louisiana State University. Retrieved from http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-11042011-105812/