Looking Beyond the Whiz-Bang Technology: Using Mobile Learning Technology Tools to Improve Economic Instruction
24 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2007
Date Written: January 7, 2007
This paper discusses the use of mobile computer learning technology tools for teaching economic courses and offers suggestions to improve student learning outcomes and to assist professors in becoming more efficient in their use of time. The use of computer-based teaching technologies is becoming increasingly prevalent at American universities. Two common technologies are course management systems and wireless network systems. When these are combined with the use of Tablet PCs that allow the use of digital ink-enabled software by instructors and students, new pedagogical tools become easier to use in and out of the classroom. In addition, web-based support tools have been developed to support economic instruction and innovations continue to appear. When combined, the use of computer-based teaching technologies can combine to form a dynamic teaching environment that is highly mobile, ubiquitous, and stimulating.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the mobile learning technology that harnesses the academic versatility and power of a Tablet PC to enhance student learning and engagement while increasing the efficiency of instructor's use of time. The paper discusses current software and hardware tools in general terms and follows with specific examples of how this environment can be used to augment economics instruction within and outside of the classroom. The paper discusses specific areas of instruction where the use of these technologies exhibits especially significant net benefits to student learning, with a focus in the following areas: Computer-assisted presentations, assignments and student self-evaluation; electronic evaluation of student written work; virtual office hours and distance learning. The paper also provides information on effective use by experienced instructors who have used these technologies in their own classrooms.
JEL Classification: A, A2
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