Mobile learning and student engagement in remote field activities

  • Anthony Ralston AR Educational Technology Inc. & University of Alberta
  • Guillermo Hernandez Associate Professor, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
  • Miles Dyck
  • M. Derek MacKenzie
  • Sylvie A. Quideau
Keywords: mobile learning, geospatial, soil science, natural science, eLearning, educational technology, global positioning system (GPS), global inform(GIS)

Abstract

This research is centred on an investigation of the potential for the use of mobile learning in remote field study locations by university students. The study focused on both geospatial concepts and abilities, instructional design methodologies and the impact of learning through the use of mobile devices and online learning. The study group included a total of 118 students enrolled in the University of Alberta, in the Department of Renewal Resources. The research methodology included mixed method approach that included the dissemination of online surveys, feedback forms completed during field study, and anecdotal data collected by instructors. A major pedagogical change in the course design resulted in students accessing mobile devices in place of traditional hard-copy maps in order to conduct their field studies.

Author Biographies

Anthony Ralston, AR Educational Technology Inc. & University of Alberta
An accomplished, well-organized professional with expertise in the design and development of educational programs, inclusive of degrees, training, knowledge management, and certification programs. Skilled in the integration of various technological solutions to achieve successful online and blended learning methodologies. Employing an adaptive leadership style successfully collaborating with subject matter experts, specialists, educators in post-secondary, nongovernmental and commercial enterprises to formulate delivery strategies enabling bringing their vision to come to market. Experienced in video and television production for education and documentaries.
- Recognized as an early adopter of innovation, educational technology, and video production to achieve generally superior results
- Demonstrated international experience working in international work environments and cultures, with diverse stakeholders representing collective and individual needs. Significant experience working in complex organizations and across boundaries to foster collaborative working relationships and solutions
Highly disciplined and able to work remotely and independent of the client to achieve the work product and specific deliverables without the requirement of onsite presence.
Miles Dyck

Associate Chair/Undergrad Program, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

M. Derek MacKenzie

Associate Professor, Soil Plant Relations, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Sylvie A. Quideau

Professor, Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Published
2019-11-01
How to Cite
Ralston, A., Hernandez, G., Dyck, M., MacKenzie, M. D., & Quideau, S. A. (2019). Mobile learning and student engagement in remote field activities. First Monday, 24(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i11.9999