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Whether it's a smartphone (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, or others), an iPad, or another tablet, mobile devices are here to stay. Higher education is exploring the use of these devices in the classroom as well as mobile application development for everyday use on campus. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to mobile computing.
Mobile Computing 101
- 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile IT, EDUCAUSE, February 2010. Mobile IT promises to change the way users interact with resources and applications, moving services away from desktop and laptop computers to devices that increasingly embody a convergence of formerly disparate functions. Moreover, mobile IT affords new opportunities for applications to deliver location-specific information. The role of mobile IT will continue to take on new dimensions as technologies mature and converge, and higher education will both guide and benefit from those developments.
- Mobile IT in Higher Education, 2011 Report, ECAR Research Report, December 2011. This study found that most survey respondents report little progress in making institutional services, applications, and websites accessible on mobile devices.
- Mobility and Higher Education: Not Just the Next Big Thing, ECAR Research Bulletin, 2006.
- Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices: The Swiss Army Knives of the 21st Century, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2004. Web-enabled mobile devices help users become more effective, providing a variety of tools for different purposes.
Current and Future Trends in Mobile Computing
- BYOD ECAR Research Hub. ECAR 2013. This research report explores the implications for IT infrastructure, planning and governance, security and compliance, support strategies, teaching and learning, and budget.
- Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Best Practices, EDUCAUSE Advanced Core Technologies Initiative (ACTI), January 2013. This guide helps walk campuses through the steps of making the case for mobility, strategy, developing goals and developing your campus mobile initiative.
- Mobility at Ole Miss: An Evolving Strategy, EDUCAUSE Live!, December 2011. This webinar will identify some of the big questions surrounding mobility and describe the approach that the University of Mississippi is taking for each.
- 2011 Horizon Report, ELI and NMC, February 2011. The Horizon Report has highlighted mobile devices as one of the emerging technologies that will be immediately adopted by the higher education community. “Mobiles enable ubiquitous access to information, social networks, tools for learning and productivity, and much more. Mobile devices continue to evolve, but it is the increased access to affordable and reliable networks that is driving this technology now. Mobiles are capable computing devices in their own right—and they are increasingly a user’s first choice for Internet access.”
- Smartphone Market Expected to Soar in 2011, New York Times, March 29, 2011. “According to new research by the International Data Corporation, a company that tracks technology market share and sales, smartphone makers are expected to ship more than 450 million smartphones in 2011 compared to the 303.4 million units shipped in 2010.”
- Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality, EDUCAUSE Review, May/June 2009. This article explores various methods for keeping an eye on the future as it applies to the world of higher education and information technology
A “Comprehensive” Guide to Mobile Statistics, Cloud Four, February 2011.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports exploring the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.
Americans and Their Cell Phones, August 15, 2011. Mobile phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating--83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone--and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives.
Generations and Their Gadgets, February 2011. Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops, and desktop computers. Younger adults are leading the way in increased mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions, including Internet, e-mail, music, games, and video.
- Mobile Access 2010, July 2010. Cell phone and wireless laptop Internet use have each grown more prevalent over the last year. Nearly half of all adults (47%) go online with a laptop using a Wi-Fi connection or mobile broadband card (up from the 39% who did so as of April 2009) while 40% of adults use the Internet, e-mail, or instant messaging on a mobile phone (up 32% in 2009). This means that 59% of adults now access the Internet wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone—that is, they answered “yes” to at least one of these wireless access pathways. That adds up to an increase from the 51% who used a laptop or cell phone wirelessly in April 2009.
- The Mobile Difference, March 2009. Some 39% of Americans have positive and improving attitudes about their mobile communication devices, which in turn draws them further into engagement with digital resources—on both wireless and wireline platforms.
Mobile Computing related topics
- Augmented Reality
- Mobile Application Development
- Mobile Infrastructure
- Mobile Learning
- Mobile Policy
- Mobile Security
- Mobile Support
- Mobile Website
- Tablets and iPads
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Mobile Computing
- A Preliminary Profile of Student Tablet Use During the Lecture
June 13, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2007
What are students doing with their laptops during lectures? This session will describe both students' actual and self-reported use of laptops and Tablet PCs during lectures during a yearlong p…
- Does Mobility Encourage Successful Learning?
March 30, 2006
A session at the ELI 2006 Spring Focus Session
Goal: Identify the role mobility plays in successful learning. Goal: Identify the role mobility plays in successful learning. …
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011—Slide Presentation
October 14, 2011
Beginning in 2004, ECAR has conducted an annual study of undergraduate students and information technology (IT), seeking to understand patterns of ownership and usage, skills with and preference…
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2011
December 15, 2011
The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has experienced a groundbreaking year in 2011, with an aggressive research agenda implementing two versions of its annual National Study of U…
- EDUCAUSE Research Findings: CIOs, Undergraduates, Mobile Devices, IT organizations...and more
March 27, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2012
Do you want to know the latest in what higher education IT organizations are doing with mobile enabled applications, outsourcing, and teaching and learning technologies? How about what is happenin…
- EDUCAUSE Research Findings: CIOs, Undergraduates, Mobile Devices, IT Organizations?and More
March 14, 2012
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2012
Do you want to know the latest in what higher education IT organizations are doing with mobile-enabled applications, outsourcing, and teaching and learning technologies? How about what's happe…
- Enterprise Strategies and Planning Necessary to Deliver On-Demand SaaS for Students and Faculty
May 17, 2012
A session at the Enterprise IT Leadership Conference 2012
Indiana University, in collaboration with the University of Iowa and the Johns Hopkins Medical School, is demonstrating how software as a service can provide a fresh approach to meet the demands of…
- iPads in Labs
March 19, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Twenty-four iPads and a versatile open-source course management system are enabling thousands of undergraduate students to increase hands-on time in their introductory chemistry labs without incr…
- Is Your University Ready for M-Learning? Embracing and Supporting Mobile Devices in Higher Education
May 31, 2012
A session at the Southeast Regional Conference
This session will address mobile devices in higher education and the issues faced in supporting them. We'll cover survey data from Air University on students' use of mobile devices and se…
- Mobile Learning: Beyond Content Delivery - Sponsored furniture provided by Herman Miller
February 14, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting
Jetpack: Right-Sized Mobile Content for Learning Anywhere Kyle D. Bowen, Director, Informatics, Purdue University Every student makes the choice for how and where learning will take p…