Mobile learning and student engagement in remote field activities

Anthony Ralston, Guillermo Hernandez, Miles Dyck, M. Derek MacKenzie, Sylvie A. Quideau


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.


mobile learning; geospatial; soil science; natural science; eLearning;educational technology; global positioning system (GPS); global inform(GIS)

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