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The Use of Mobile Technology in Online Courses

Robert Zotti (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
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Analysis of the use of mobile devices in online graduate programs from the perspective of students, faculty, and administrators.

Extended Abstract

Judging from the news, in the not-too-distant future, the majority of activity that will take place within online courses will involve the use of mobile technology. The onslaught of smartphones and tablet-like devices will make online students mobile in every sense of the term. Or will it? How exactly will these devices be used by the masses? How are courses being designed to utilize the capabilities of these devices? What is the current level of use of these devices by faculty and by students? And is the use of mobile applications likely to be universal across all types of courses? The effect that mobile applications has upon interaction, collaboration, and even individual assignments across a wide swath of academic programs is something that is not well-understood.
This presentation will explore the use of mobile technologies across 18 online graduate programs at Stevens Institute of Technology during the 2014-2015 timeframe. The programs will include management, engineering, and computer science.
A combination of system logs, faculty and student questionnaires, and interviews will be used to examine the level of adoption of mobile technologies by participants in over 125 online courses. In addition, first-hand accounts of the adoption of mobile technology by system administrators and instructional designers will be reviewed.

Lead Presenter

Robert Zotti is the Assistant Dean of Online Learning at Stevens Institute of Technology. He leads more than 200 faculty and staff in the development and delivery of more than 250 graduate courses in management, engineering, and computer science. He has led the effort to modernize the school's online learning infrastructure - particularly with the introduction of web conferencing operations. His efforts to promote best practices in online learning was instrumental in the school being awarded the United States Distance Learning Association's "21st Century Award" and as well as the Sloan Foundation's top honor for the "Best Online University." Before joining Stevens, Zotti worked at Prudential for 10 years as a programmer, project manager, and trainer. After earning his Masters degree in Information Management from Stevens, he worked for two years in Prudential's Software Engineering group which supported CMM Level-2 initiatives. He is a doctoral candidate at Stevens.