|Title||University of San Diego Announces the Creation of the Mobile Technology Learning Center|
|Contact E-mail||harman, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4682|
By the year 2015, it is expected that 80 percent of people, including middle and high school students, will access the Internet via mobile devices. Students expect school systems to integrate mobile devices into the classroom but how can this be done to enhance learning?
To answer these questions, the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) announced the creation of the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC) that will provide research-based answers to the many unknowns regarding mobile technology and learning.
“Our goal is to be the research environment of the future, leveraging faculty and student resources and bringing together multidisciplinary teams of some of the best researchers and thinkers in the world,” said Scott Himelstein, who will direct the new center and continue his current duties as director of USD’s Center for Education Policy and Law. “We want to be a ‘living laboratory’ for schools and educators, by collaborating with local pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 districts, as well as institutions of higher learning, to test research findings and provide future teachers with unique teaching and research opportunities.”
Current goals for the center include:
· Creating research teams of members located throughout the world, via the Internet.
· Building links among university researchers and school-based practitioners.
· Developing criteria of learning effectiveness for comparing mobile devices.
· Creating and disseminating evidence-based practices for using mobile devices to support learning.
“There is increasing pressure for school systems to integrate mobile devices into the instructional process. But for that to work effectively, we need to learn how best to integrate existing and emerging technologies into the classroom and how to equip teachers with the skills needed to be effective educators in a mobile technology learning environment,” said Roxanne Ruzic, EdD, who will lead the center’s research efforts.
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University\'s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences. For more information go to www.sandiego.edu