IT532 Week 13

Topic Current Trends II: MOOCs, Mobile Learning, and Media Trends

  • DeWaard, I., Abajian, S., Gallagher, M.S., Hogue, R., Keskin, N., Koutropoulos, A. & Rodriguez, O.C. (2011). Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in design. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 12(7), 95-115.
  • Liyanagunawardena, T. R., Adams, A. A., & Williams, S. A. (2013). MOOCs: A systematic study of the published literature 2008-2012. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14(3), 202–227.
  • Traxler, J. (2009). Learning in a Mobile Age: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(1), 1–12. doi:10.4018/jmbl.2009010101

Asynchronous Activities on Blackboard Due Prior to Synchronous Class Meeting on 4/8

Your post is due 4/4 at 11:59pm and your comments to other participants are due 4/8 at 12pm.

  1. Question 1: According to DeWaard (2011)“the use of social media is central to a MOOC as it allows critical aspects of connectivity, communication, and interaction”(p. 107). To follow along with this week’s readings, we want to emphasize social media and mobile apps. We would like you to go out and explore a little bit! Find a freely available mobile app or social media site that you use in the classroom, or would like to know more about. If it’s new to you, spend a little bit of time playing around and learning more about the tool. Post a link to the tool in your post. What are the benefits of the tool or site? What are the weaknesses or potential issues? How could you see this tool being used in  the classroom?
    Responding to your peers:
    Explore the applications discussed by your peers. Respond to their posts with your own review of a different application. Here are a some ideas of mobile applications you may want to explore: BbLearn Mobile App, Dropbox Mobile App, Dragon Dictate Mobile App, Browzine Monvile App, Prezi Mobile App, iTunesU, Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram, Skype, vBooksPDF, Feedly,
  2. Question 2: Trexler (2009) discusses the definition of mobile learning, and the evolution of this definition. He says, “We need to define what we mean by ‘mobile learning’, not merely as a way of establishing a shared understanding but also as a way of exploring the evolution and direction of mobile learning.” There are many differing definitions of mobile learning. What is your definition of mobile learning? What experiences have you had to help you develop that definition? How do you see mobile learning being incorporated into your classroom?
    Responding to your peers:
    What interests you about their definition of mobile learning? Have you had any similar or very different experiences with mobile learning? 

Synchronous Activities on 4/4 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

Discussion Material


  1. Logistical check in
  2. Breakout Room Activity
  3. Whole Group Discussion

  1. Individual check in with instructor as needed and individual work time for this course. Depending on your  needs you do not have to stay connected.
Last Updated April 8, 2014