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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


TAMUC: Going Mobile Website

by Rick Lumadue , Jeremiah Shipp
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 03, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: The TAMUC: Going Mobile Website presents a detailed overview of the ramifications of using mobile learning in education. It provides the reader with a wealth of resources on the benefits and pitfalls of using mobile learning in and out of the classroom. For instance, the author details a rationale for mobile e-learning in various educational settings, provides pros and cons of mobile classrooms , as well as challenges; strategies for developing and incorporating mobile Apps into the course, such as mobile apps are not a catch all solution to delivering and supporting learning; teaching tips, such as best practices guidelines for creating content for iPads; students’ input relative to using mobile devices in the teaching and learning context, such as being able to remain focused , and limits of distractions;
Learning Goals: The goals within the site are to familiarize the reader with the best practices and difficulties of mobile education, to review some current apps, and to raise some questions for the reader to consider.
Target Student Population: College students, college professors, high school teachers
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Navigation of online learning platform, and mobile apps, orientation of course or subject matter
Type of Material: Reference materials
Recommended Uses: Examples of recommended use (s) include in class activities, homework, extended practice, recoup credit, and advanced credit for approved college preparatory mathematics course (s) and online learning. Teachers thinking about mobile learning would benefit from reviewing the site. Students in education would benefit from using the site as a resource when considering how they may want to teach in the future.
Technical Requirements: This site can easily be viewed using a computer, IPAD, IPhone with web access, or similar device.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: •The reference materials offer a complete guideline for teaching with mobile apps including best practices for creating content for iPads. Another distinctive feature is the all inclusive learning environment, and the application reviews such as Edmodo and Dropbox. The resource materials are appropriate for both novice and experienced teachers in various settings
Concerns: The information is an introduction and should not be considered the only resource to review. There are links that can provide greater detail.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The material can provide a base for improving faculty teaching, by modernizIng the traditional classroom model. Teachers are challenged to think about how traditional teaching methods may not be reaching students who live with technology outside of the classroom. Teachers who update their methods as a result of the classroom can easily integrate new learning methods into their existing curriculum. The site also provides information about how to reach all students through technology.
Concerns: The material is directed more towards the teacher than towards the student learner. The teacher must be willing to try new methods if students are to benefit.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The reference materials are current, informative ,and easy to use . For instance, the layouts easy to identify and are visually distinctive.The information presented is revelant and easy to select specific resources that address the user learning needs.
Concerns: