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BYOD Apps for Student Engagement and Support

Robbie K. Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)
Nicole M Kendall (Tennessee State University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Governor's Square 17
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)

This workshop session will provide hands-on training on using mobile devices (BYOD) and apps as student learning and support tools.

Extended Abstract

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will receive hands-on training on (1) best practices of using mobile devices in increasing student engagement and enhancing student support including recruitment, learning, and retention, and (2) Identifying mobile apps that are designed as student learning tools.

Expected Outcomes:

Strategies for the educational use of mobile devices as student engagement and support tools which special emphasis on academics, communication, student services, and social media.

Presentation Description and Goals

The Education Department's 2010 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP) presents a transformational vision for 21st century education, depicting how new technology, in particular, mobile devices and apps are enabling learning anywhere and anytime within your hands. "Mobile devices now provide access to a much broader and more flexible set of learning resources than is available in classrooms. They also create connections to a wider and more flexible set of "educators," including parents, informal educators, and community-based coaches, tutors, and mentors, as well as learning experiences that can be customized for individual learners with content and instructional styles designed to fit the interests and experience of each person."

In terms of increasing student engagement and support, "students' lives outside school are filled with technology, giving them 24/7 mobile access to information and allowing them to participate in online social networks and communities where people worldwide share ideas, collaborate, and learn new things. Our education system should leverage students' interest in technology and the time they spend learning informally outside the regular school hours to extend learning time in a way that motivates them even more." (NETP).

NETP highlighted that Mobile broadband devices now have six senses:

  1. Knowing where you are
  2. Interacting with networks
  3. Sensing local content and services
  4. Discovering relevant things
  5. Enhancing your surroundings with information and simulation
  6. Learning your interests, as well as how and with whom you like to learn

As stated, "this new capacity for learning, which is infused with global information, is a powerful way of complementing the traditional model of learning, which is isolated from the world in classroom settings." Mobile devices now provide access to a much broader and more flexible set of learning resources than is available in classrooms. They also create connections to a wider and more flexible set of "educators," including parents, informal educators, and community-based coaches, tutors, and mentors, as well as learning experiences that can be customized for individual learners with content and instructional styles designed to fit the interests and experience of each person.

This was further documented by Pearson (April, 2013) in which Pearson Survey by Harris Interactive that Showed that even in Elementary, Middle and High Schools; nine in ten of today's elementary, middle and high school students believe that mobile devices will change the way students learn in the future (92 percent) and make learning more fun (90 percent), according to a new study conducted by Harris Interactive and released today by Pearson. The majority (69 percent) of elementary, middle and high school students would like to use mobile devices more in the classroom.

As highlighted by Kumar, etc. (2013) It is a fact that the success of distance education depends largely on student support services provided to its learners who encounter feeling of isolation, lack of peer-peer interaction, lack of proper intimation from study centre, lack of proper academic support and hurdle of distance from the study centre to list a few (Fozdar, Kumar and Kannan 2006). The mobile devices are understood to be helpful in providing a good support to the learners to the extent of removing the feeling of isolation and lowering the rate of attrition (Simpson 2003).

This workshop session will provide participants with best practices in the use of mobile devices for student engagement and support and open source resources in identifying mobile apps that will support student outcomes, learning, and retention, as well as providing student services such as library, tutorial, productivity, and academic support. Participants will create a Livebinder (www.livebinder.com) of student centered mobile apps for promoting student achievement and outcomes.

Agenda of Workshop:

  • The Impact of Mobile Devices and Student Support
  • BYOD and Student Engagement
  • Mobile Devices as Student Recruitment and Retention Tools
  • Best Practices of Using Mobile Devices as Learning Tools
  • Students Services Mobile Apps
  • ADA Mobile Apps
Lead Presenter
Robbie Melton

Robbie K. Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)

Dr. Robbie K. Melton is the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) of eLearning (www.tbrelearning.org) and a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University. Her chief responsibilities as the AVC include eLearning Strategic Planning, educational technology innovations, eLearning quality assurances and the facilitation of eLearning system wide conferences, academies, and training. Dr. Melton previously served ten years as the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (www.rodp.org), which included program conceptualization, strategic planning, program implementation, central operations, training, course development, online teaching, and accreditation. She has authored numerous publications and presentations related to eLearning, and served as program consultant for Mekelle University, Ethiopia, and Hirosaki University, Japan. Dr. Melton received numerous teaching and technology awards including Tennessee Professor of the Year presented by the Carnegie Foundation of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (1994), Outstanding Teaching Alumni Award from The University of Tennessee (1966), Outstanding Professor and University Services at Winthrop College, Zenith Master of Innovations Award, and the South Central Bell Award for Outstanding Teaching Using Emerging Technologies, most recently, (2010), program reviewer for online graduate degrees for the National Education Association (NEA), the Distinguished Partner Award from the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning (MERLOT) and Online Teaching and the IMS Global Technology Solutions Leadership Award.

Nicole Kendall

Nicole M Kendall (Tennessee State University, USA)

Dr. Nicole M. Kendall is currently an assistant professor at Tennessee State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning. In addition to being an online mentor and instructor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program, she served five years as an educator for Metro-Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Kendall published her research; Teachers v. Technology, which explores the importance of teacher attitudes and training when integrating technology in the classroom. She has participated in a videoconferencing grant with Vanderbilt University, presented nationally and internationally, and continues to work diligently in her field preparing pre-professional educators for teaching, learning, and advocacy of children and public education. Her higher education online training and consulting have also included Fisk University, LeMoyne-Owens College, and Southern University in New Orleans.

Dr. Kendall, a sixteen-year member of the National Education Association (NEA), displays her advocacy through service as a member of Content Quality & Review Board which recommends online professional development projects to the NEA Academy. She is also the higher education board member for the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and the former president of the TEA-Department of Higher Education. Dr. Kendall has been featured in Association publications and commercials for which she hopes “individuals we see the true spirit all educators who give so much to educate today’s youth!”

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and other community organizations, Dr. Kendall encourages mentoring and networking as a means of building community, developing citizenship and responsibility, and promoting a society in which everyone's role is valued.

"It's not who you teach, it's HOW you teach!"

Nicole M. Kendall, Ed.D © 1995