The trend of mobile devices providing more and more functionality is nothing new.  And, the days of students using cell phones to simply make phone calls seem like the dark ages.  Today, college students can use their cell phones to make calls, send text messages, check emails, listen to music, manage a calendar, search for directions, and take notes in the classroom – many of these things at the same time! 

Just recently, The New Media Consortiumand the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative released The 2010 Horizon Report highlighting emerging technologies that will impact higher education.  At the top of the list is Mobile Computing.  The report says, “An increasing number of faculty and instructional technology staff are experimenting with the possibilities for collaboration and communication offered by mobile computing.  Devices from smart phones to netbooks are portable tools for productivity, learning, and communication, offering an increasing range of activities fully supported by applications designed especially for mobiles.”  

Read more about several colleges and universities that are at the forefront of Mobile Computing, using it in practice in the classroom and around the institution. 

On March 3-4, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is hosting the 2010 Online Spring Focus Session where the topic is, “Mobile Learning 2.0: The Next Phase of Innovation in Mobility.” Blackboard Mobile’s Aaron Wasserman will discuss mobile technology from the student perspective and what lead him to build a mobile app bringing the entire campus experience on to mobile devices. He will also talk about the current state of the mobile collaboration experience, and where it is headed.  The session will highlight the popular mobile apps that have today’s students engaging with their smart phones, navigating campus maps and course catalogs, connecting with instructors or classmates and getting updates on teams and events all with the tap of a finger. 

If you’re interested in learning more, sign up for the 2010 Online Spring Focus Session to see why mobile computing made The Horizon Report’s list of emerging technologies.

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  • ajm web design

    Mobile devices need websites built for them to make the experience a pleasure and many web developers are doing just that, but the best sites always look better on a PC anyhow.
    Flash has a lot to do with that, but who really needs that on a phone. I know that some modern devices can play flash and some people want that for u-tube etc, but the majority of folk I reckon just want something that loads fast and neat.
    I tend to make pure xhtml for mobile devices and keep images to a minimum.
    A lot of talk where I am from is about the carriers ceasing unlimited data plans so there is a huge argument for fast and small mobile sites.
    After all, what is the point of making people spend their money for every kb they download when they can have the info they need in their hand far quicker and cheaper.