1st Edition

Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning Harnessing the Technology That Students Use Most

By Christina Moore Copyright 2023
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides faculty and instructors with an introductory guide to integrating mobile learning in their courses. Recognizing that a smartphone is the first and main piece of technology anyone owns, with ownership exceeding 95% for those aged 18-29, with a sizable minority of these being smartphone-dependent; and that instructors are relying on technology for teaching and learning more than ever; this book addresses the imperative that course materials and interactions be increasingly available through the technology that students use most often. Dispelling the notion that mobile learning is for the tech-savvy and adventurous, mobile-mindful teaching offers teachers a way to take a few steps at a time, share options with students, and progressively develop ideas and practices. The book invites you to explore your own way into mobile learning.Christina Moore stresses two principles as you engage with mobile learning--intention and fluidity. This begins with mindfully implementing mobile learning opportunities so that students see the usefulness of learning via phone; and recognizing the fluid learning environments in which students learn so you can offer online modalities and functions appropriate to purpose and situations.The book opens with a “start with self” section on How to Be a Mobile Mindful Learner, offering ideas on exploring the almost infinite available online resources in your discipline to curate a rich and ever-expanding compilation of ideas for use in your scholarly work and teaching; and identifying different types of learning (digital reading, audio and visual learning, and social learning) across multiple devices and contexts to consider as you develop your course.The section “Toward Mobile-Mindful Teaching” explores ways to add mobile options to existing learning materials and how they and the LMS functions you use are rendered on a phone by taking a mobile test drive through your course.Christina Moore shows how, by building up your mobile learning skills to be a more productive scholar and developing habits that feed your curiosity and creativity, you can start planning how you can create fluid learning opportunities for your students they can access across devices, time, and space, and take advantage of found moments of time and informal spaces.

    Foreword--Jenae CohnAcknowledgments Introduction 1. What Mobile-Mindful Learning Is, and Why It Matters Part 1. How to Be a Mobile-Mindful Learner 2. Start with Self 3. Mobile Learning Basic Skills and Content 4. Organizing and Planning Mobile Learning Part 2. Toward Mobile-Mindful Teaching 5. Prepare Courses for Mobile Learning 6. Prepare Students for Mobile Learning 7. Social Learning as a Mobile-Mindful Class 8. Dive Into Mobile-First Opportunities Part 3. Mobile-Mindful Activities 9. Case Studies in Mobile-Mindful Teaching 10. Course Planning Activities 11. Teaching and Learning Activities Conclusion Appendix A. Fluid Learning Analysis of Your Course Appendix B. Recommended Apps


    Christina Moore, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Prior to her current role, she was a special lecturer of writing and rhetoric. While she is tech-reserved and limits screen time, her world is continually expanded by learning with others online, and she works to bring faculty together online. She researches how faculty use online spaces to expand their teaching practices and develop their teaching identities. Her work in online learning, universal design for learning, and educational development has been published in Tech Trends, EDUCAUSE, Faculty Focus, and other journals and books. She is the editor and regular contributor to her center’s Weekly Teaching Tips Series. She enjoys feeding people and taking excursions into sci-fi.

    "The majority of our formal learning in colleges, universities, and workplaces is technology mediated: it takes place beyond the formal spaces and times of classrooms and training sessions. While most of us prefer to support our learning using robust tools like laptops and desktop computers, we most often end up using our mobile phones, just because they are the devices we have with ourselves when learning moments happen.

    In Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning, Dr. Christina Moore explains why this is so, introduces readers to our own mobile-learning habits, and provides concrete and practical advice for instructors and facilitators in a variety of teaching and learning situations. More importantly, Dr. Moore helps us to frame mobile devices as learner-success devices: key enablers of access to—and equity in—our educational programs. I highly recommend this book to colleagues who want to reach learners making time for study in otherwise busy lives."

    Thomas, J. Tobin, author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

    “This book is AMAZING! Dr. Moore uses a personal narrative to guide the reader through an area that many faculty members find challenging, if not intimidating: improving learning by having students use their smartphones. In a thoughtful and methodical manner, Christina first builds the concept and practical ways an individual might engage mobile-mindful learning. She then proceeds to skillfully lay out a path that brings smartphones into course design in a way that truly benefits students. Not only will faculty members be able to teach students using their smartphones, information in this book can be used to teach students how to be better learners in any situation by using their smartphones in a mindful way.”

    Todd D. Zakrajsek, Director, International Teaching Learning Cooperative, author of The New Science of Learning, Stylus Publishing

    “Grounded in the principles of UDL and learning ecologies, Dr. Christina Moore's Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning: Harnessing the Technology that Students Use Most brilliantly examines how to engage today's students in a fluid learning environment. Guided by reflection and bursting with practical applications, coupled with an emphasis on social learning and accessibility, Moore provides a step-by-step guide to implement a thoughtful, flexible, mobile-mindful pedagogy and thereby has created an indispensable tool for twenty-first century educators!”

    Lillian Nave, Senior Lecturer at Appalachian State University and Host of the Think UDL podcast

    “Enter a world of possibility via Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning. Moore presents her vision for fluid learning in motion with the utmost care for both students and educators, challenging readers to reconsider deeply held notions of how and where learning happens. That challenge is balanced with tremendous support including tons of practical examples and case studies showing how to infuse courses with mobile learning, an approach that has the potential to bolster accessibility for all learners. Highly recommended.”

    Karen Costa, Faculty Learning Facilitator, 100 Faculty, LLC and Author of 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Videos

    “The first time I noticed a professor using a phone to take notes during a workshop about teaching, I knew things in higher education were starting to change. I used to see a mobile phone as a tool for distraction and disengagement (and it still can be). But, now I see the potential of phones for accessibility, convenience, engagement, and yes, for learning. In Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning, Dr. Christina Moore encourages us to reexamine our assumptions about the role of mobile phones in education. She addresses the most common criticisms about using mobile phones for learning and offers supportive resources, examples, and teaching strategies to help us design engaging and meaningful mobile learning experiences. With Dr. Moore’s guidance, maybe we can encourage our students (and ourselves!) to move from mindless scrolling to mindful learning.”

    Barbi Honeycutt, Teaching & Learning Consultant, Host of the Lecture Breakers Podcast

    “Christina Moore invites readers of Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning to reflect on and converse about the ways in which we can pursue deeper learning and enact more impactful teaching using the devices many of us have with us at all times. Moore provides practical examples from which to draw inspiration and additional resources to explore via QR codes and the book’s website. Throughout the book, we are given prompts to increase our likelihood of putting what we are reading into practice.”

    Bonni Stachowiak, Teaching in Higher Ed podcast producer and host