Work in progress: Using modern mobile technologies in STEM education

Xue Zhang, Debbie Vogel, Mahesh K. Banavar, Shuang Hu, Andreas Spanias, Photini Spanias, Jayaraman J. Thiagarajan

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Abstract

With advances in modern mobile devices and the increasing use of smart phones and tablets by students, there is an opportunity to provide enhanced and personalized educational experiences and convenient remote access to course material. This paper describes an education research endeavor aimed at developing, packaging and assessing course content, interactive learning modules, educational simulations, and visualization examples for smart phones and tablets. Our efforts focus on integrating existing and new tools, optimized for smart phones and tablets, in undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. The project brings together several technologies including a Java simulation environment, an Android operating system with several dedicated apps, Blackboard MobileTM Learn, Sprint ID and others. The hypothesis here is that the creation of a "central" education site with maximum mobility will be compelling to undergraduate students that seem fascinated by the exciting multi-tasking possibilities that smart phones and tablets bring these days. In this paper, we will work on the development and assessment of a portal for mobile devices that will enable students to operate several state of the art education mobile applications (apps) seamlessly. These apps include visualization modules, mobile labs, lecture video viewing, quiz taking, homework/lab submission applets, and customized educational web site access. An assessment task will be a senior level signal processing class to examine several aspects of the mobile student learning experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Other

Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period6/10/126/13/12

Keywords

  • Android
  • Central education
  • Smart phones
  • STEM
  • Tablets
  • University ID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Zhang, X., Vogel, D., Banavar, M. K., Hu, S., Spanias, A., Spanias, P., & Thiagarajan, J. J. (2012). Work in progress: Using modern mobile technologies in STEM education. In 119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition American Society for Engineering Education.