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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
Updated April 2013
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Mobile Computing
- As the Web Goes Mobile, Colleges Fail to Keep Up
January 25, 2011
Many colleges treat their mobile Web sites as low-stakes experiments. That attitude not only can frustrate students but also risks losing donors and prospective applicants. …
- Assessing Student Learning Outcomes with Tablet PCs
March 11, 2008
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2008
Tablet PCs used in undergraduate field courses in archaeology and ecology have transformed the way we teach field-mapping and data-collection concepts. Curriculum redesign and assessment strategies…
- Assessing the Mobile Computing Pilot Program
January 30, 2006
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2006
This interactive session will discuss the assessment processes and measurements used to evaluate the four-year pilot program. This program encouraged faculty in more than 30 general education and…
- AT&T Splits Phones into Work and Personal Partitions, on any Carrier
June 15, 2012
AT&T says it has the answer for corporations that want to let employees access work applications from personal phones without becoming a security threat. A new virtualization-style technology…
- Augmented Reality and Geotagging in Japan
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways Mobile technology offers the ability to combine immediate access to information and location through augmented reality and geotagging . Dickinson College st…
- Augmented Reality and Wayfinding with Mobile Phones: A Practical Model for Implementation on Campus
February 22, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference 2011
This session will address the purpose, method, and outcomes of Kansas State University's development of PowerCat Enhanced, an augmented reality microapplication that merges a user's cell …
- Augmented Reality in a 4G World: Applications for Higher Education
February 15, 2011
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2011
Sprint and Academic Technologies developers at the University of Notre Dame are partnering to explore how the latest 4G wireless technologies and open mobile development frameworks enable simple au…
- Avaya Inc., An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner - Intelligent Communications Enable the "Student for Life"
October 25, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference
Communications technology can help differentiate your campus not only in serving current students but also in creating a sense of life-long community so that generation after generation of families…
- Backend Services to Front End Users: The Mobile Initiative in Rural Vermont
January 18, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007
The University of Vermont College of Medicine undertook a mobile device initiative in the spring that integrated secure Web services, Web sites, and a mobile application. We will discuss lessons le…
- Balancing Act: How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time
October 13, 2011
The paper presents findings from 560 interviews with undergraduates on 10 campuses distributed across the US, as part of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Overall, the findings suggest that st…