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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
- Progress in Meeting Demand for Mobile IT, ECAR Research Report, September 2013. ECAR surveyed more than 300 institutions to assess the current state of mobile IT in higher education.
- 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.
Mobile Technology Fact Sheet, A frequently updated web page with highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to mobile technology.
Smartphone Ownership 2013, June 2013. As of June 2013, 91% of the American adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, that means that 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters.
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
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Mobile Computing
- Mobile Matters: Why Learning Professionals Need to Care
February 20, 2007
Mobile learning continues to focus on using portable computing devices such as laptops, tablet PCs, PDAs, and smart phones with wireless networks to extend learning spaces beyond the traditional …
- The Computer "Revolution" Hasn't Happened Yet!
January 1, 1998
A Disney Fellow and Vice President of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, Alan Kay is best known for the idea of personal computing, the conception of the intimate laptop computer…
- Sixteen Years After Instituting a Laptop Requirement: Where Are We Now?
January 1, 2004
Mobile computing has been a critical component of the academic experience at Bentley College for more than 15 years. This presentation will outline the evolution from a laptop program to the recent…
- Classroom Integration of a Student Computer Initiative
January 1, 2004
By bringing notebook computers into traditional classroom spaces at the University of Dayton, students present new opportunities and challenges to faculty and current pedagogical approaches. As par…
- Creating a Mobile Language Learning Environment
January 1, 2004
We will describe how we implemented several foreign-language learning projects using wireless laptops, PDAs, and tablet PCs. We will also share what we've learned about setting up a wireless…
- Mobile Computing and Technology Assessment: A Case Study with Results
January 1, 2003
This session provides an overview of Seton Hall University's laptop requirement, which required a number of key support programs and services. Assessment measured progress toward the goal of i…
- Project MERLIN: Universal Computing and Wireless Thin Client
January 1, 2002
MERLIN is a universal student computing program employing "wireless thin client," a unique combination of three technologies: (1) notebook computers equipped with basic software (MS Offic…
- Ubiquitous Laptop Computing: Lessons Learned by Early Adopters
January 1, 2001
Seven universities will share their successes and failures via "lessons learned." Topics will include networking, classroom design, funding, staffing, vendor relations, course design, co-…
- Spreading the Wealth: University Partnership with Community K-12 Schools
January 1, 2001
Once a laptop program is in place on your campus, what do you do with used laptops students return? Wake Forest University, an IBM ThinkPad campus, began addressing this issue in 1998. This present…
- Model Assessment Program and How You Can Get Involved: Assessment and Technology Research
January 1, 2001
This panel explores the topic of assessment by providing information on programs that exist at campuses and how technology and assessment work together. To view this as a virtual conference session…