Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Mobile Pilot Year initiative! The following programs will contribute to the AU Mobile Learning Task Force’s goals of increasing student learning opportunities, enhancing student interaction and engagement, and building learning communities through the use of mobile digital tools.
School of International Service: Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO)
Two Blackboard mobile apps, Collaborate and Mobile Learn, will be used in a new graduate seminar course entitled “Big Data and Text Mining in International Affairs Research.” This project will test the usefulness of these tools in an online seminar context.
Kogod School of Business: Professional Master of Business Administration
Current Kogod students taking finance, accounting, and statistics classes need to purchase limited-use financial and/or graphic calculators for assignments and exams. This pilot project allows Kogod to determine the usability, functionality, and security of mobile apps, which are less expensive, to fulfill the same functions as traditional calculators.
School of Professional and Extended Studies: Washington Semester Program
This pilot project will use mobile technology to conduct an exit poll in the most competitive districts within the D.C. metropolitan region during the Fall 2014 elections. Students in a topics class in Political Behavior offered by the Washington Semester Program will use a mobile Qualtrics survey system to analyze these potentially historic elections.
College of Arts and Sciences: School of Education, Teaching, and Health
Mobile learning will become an integral part of Strategies in Stress Management (HFIT-250). Pedagogically sound instructional design will guide the use of mobile apps for in-class engagement as well as experiential relaxation practices designed to promote health and wellness.
American University Library, Kogod School of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences
Auxiliary support for Google Glass will be provided to the three departments on campus with invitations to join Google’s second Explorer program. This project will determine the viability of wearable technology within higher education.
First-year students in the School of International Service will use Twitter to verify their attendance at required events instead of signed paper “passports.” The transition to a mobile online system will explore the unique engagement opportunities available through social media.