Mobile Phones: Not a Distraction in the Classroom But a Means of Engagement?
This chapter discusses whether innovative use of mobile technology (m-technology) in the classroom can engage and motivate students to recognise that “googling” is not the digital literacy research skill required for their Higher Education studies and the “information-centric workplace” of the Digital Age. Since 2013 the researchers have used m-technology, Padlet (www.padlet.com) and Polleverywhere (www.polleverywhere.com), with students from an international partner institution, to engage and motivate them with digital literacy. Research methodology used qualitative and quantitative approaches, and research ethics guidelines of Sheffield Hallam University were complied with. The chapter considers the initial intervention and impact of an interactive learning workshop in 2013 using active learning pedagogy and m-technology. The 2014 adapted approaches for that year’s cohort of international students are discussed. The chapter concludes that the use of m-technology in the classroom can engage and motivate students. Although used by the researchers in supporting students to engage in developing their digital literacy skills, m-technology can be used in other contexts by business educators to support student learning. A summary of lessons learnt and practical guidelines for effective use of m-technology is provided.
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