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Friday, January 13 • 10:15am - 10:35am
"Challenges in Mobile Learning in K-12, Higher Education and Private Enterprise: An International Delphi Study"

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School leaders, researchers, teachers, business organizations, data scientists, IT companies, and universities around the world are striving to answer important questions about how or under what conditions educational technology can enhance learning experiences for particular students, tasks, and situations. But no single industry, IT innovation, school sector, country, or institution alone can answer these questions. To fully integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies, meaningful public-private collaboration among all types of stakeholders is needed.

This study formally documents current individual and shared challenges faced by K-12, higher education and industry when implementing mobile learning (ML) initiatives. To bridge the communication gap between the sectors, this study also highlights where well-established solutions in one sector might apply to other sectors’ needs or challenges. To achieve the study goals, 37 US national and international experts in mobile learning from K-12, academia, and industry participated in a three-round survey, combining Delphi and scenario-based methods, and a cross-sector convening.

First, the results of this study revealed a number of shared pedagogical, policy-related and technological challenges across sectors. The majority of experts from the three sectors acknowledged the need to develop sound and convincing pedagogical arguments based on learning theories to promote the adoption of ML. For policy related challenges, experts from all three sectors struggle with device regulations. For K-12 and higher education, challenges were mostly about the digital divide, equal access, and student use of mobile devices during class. For the industry sector, most challenges centered around a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) delivery method vs. company-liable devices. For technological challenges, K-12 and universities share similar challenges with hardware (e.g., infrastructure and connectivity), whereas the industry sector concentrates its attention on solving software challenges.

Second, this study provides a synthesis of feasible, beneficial, and transferable solutions to some of the most significant challenges in mobile learning across sectors. At the MiTE conference the research team will present the culminating product of this study that articulates possible solutions proposed for 10 scenarios representing the most significant challenges in formats that could be translated or re-scaled for each sector. Third, the cross-sector convening resulted in five different prototypes. The researchers of this study are currently developing an online hub for cultivating cross-sector partnerships that will offer the convening participants and other individuals interested in ML to develop their prototypes further.  

This study contributes to scientific knowledge on ML by providing insight into the cross-pollination of ideas between the educational community and the private sector. Schools, universities and industries must work together in strategic alliances, and importantly, being the process of co-creating curricular which will make the students more workforce ready and K-20 curriculum oriented to industry's future needs.

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Juan Espinosa

Faculty, CalStateTEACH

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Vitaliy Popov

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of San Diego

Friday January 13, 2017 10:15am - 10:35am PST