Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 4: Mobile technology

“Flipped” and adaptive learning programs gained traction on campus. A high-profile internet hoax involving a college athlete propelled the term “catfishing” into the public consciousness. MOOCs hit some key stumbling blocks, while the notion of a college degree became more fluid.

mobileThese were some of the key ed-tech developments affecting colleges and universities in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you right here.

In this special all-digital publication, the editors of eCampus News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant higher-education technology stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on colleges and universities this year—and how they’ll continue to shape higher education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

4. Mobile technology offers challenges, and opportunities, for schools.

The students entering college today are too young to remember a time when they could not connect, communicate, and explore instantly—from wherever they might be, at all hours of the day—using a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device.

These “digital natives” expect the same kind of access to information in the palm of their hand when they arrive on campus—and college and university officials know they must respond to this demand if they want to attract and retain students.

Having mobile access to key campus services is “the deciding factor for a lot of students” in choosing a college, said David Crain, assistant provost and chief information officer for Southern Illinois University, which distributed tablets and electronic textbooks to 2,700 incoming freshmen this fall as part of its Mobile Dawg project.

The university also created a suite of mobile apps to help integrate the devices into all phases of campus life, Crain said; students can use these apps to find the nearest bus routes, see what’s on the menu at each dining hall, and even check which laundry facilities have machines available.

eCampus News Staff