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TitleUniversity of San Diego Announces the Creation of the Mobile Technology Learning Center
Date6.06.12
ContactLiz Harman
Contact E-mailharman, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4682
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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.
“SOLES has a long tradition of combining curricular innovation with teaching excellence that makes us the right institution to conduct this cutting-edge research for the classrooms of the 21st century,” said Paula Cordeiro, dean of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
This fall, USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education will offer a career-enhancing MTLC certificate course designed for K-12 educators and administrators. Topics include integrating mobile technology tools into the learning experience for students and developing tools and metrics to evaluate their success in accelerating and improving learning.
“We see a strong demand from the educational community for programs that translate research and knowledge into practical, ready-to-use applications and pedagogies for mobile learning into schools and classrooms,” said Jason Lemon, dean of Professional and Continuing Education at USD.
The MTLC is also working with all E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program (also known as Learning On-The-Go) participants to explore the merits and challenges of wireless off-premises connectivity services for mobile learning devices. Twenty pilot participants, including 13 schools and one library, are taking part in the program and the MTLC is collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate the effectiveness on teaching and learning. The MTLC will release an interim report this fall with a final report to be released in the spring of 2013.
For more information on the MTLC, please go to www.sandiego.edu/mtlc.

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