ACU ran a pilot study with the faculty and technology developers to determine how the iPhone/iPod Touch could be used in an educational environment to enhance the learning process. The results of that study were that the group came up with a wide variety of uses for the device. Over 15 Applications have been created including homework alerts, in-class surveys, directions to classrooms and offices, meal balance information, and more.
As a result, every incoming freshman will be given either an iPod Touch or an iPhone (based on their desire to have an At&t contract, I assume), and the results of their use of these applications will determine the future of the mobile device programs at ACU.
Personally, I have a hard time seeing how these applications could seriously enhance the learning process – but I haven’t actually gotten the chance to use any of them – so how would I know? I’d like to know more information about how these applications work, and what their future plans are for the development of mobile learning apps.
What do you think?