How to drive engagement with mobile devices

The mobile classroom offers one of the best growth opportunities for educational institutions—as well as flexible, engaging learning environments for students

mobile-deviceToday’s college student owns an average of seven mobile devices and spends nearly four hours a day using a smart phone, according to a Marketing Charts study.

Nowadays students expect the same “mobility” in the classroom they enjoy personally. College campuses across the country are responding by increasing bandwidth to power student demand for ubiquitous mobile access.

This year, the Association for Information Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) reported 61 percent of universities and colleges provide strong wireless coverage (four bars or more) throughout 81-100 percent of their campuses, up from 45 percent of institutions in 2013.

More than 56 percent of the collegiate university business officers surveyed expect to raise wireless network infrastructure costs even more over the next two years.

The national trend of improving and increasing bandwidth on campus opens the door to another opportunity—making higher education itself more mobile and engaging. In this Connected Age, increasing student engagement will require educators to embrace mobile devices to build an interactive, synergistic, and accessible learning environment.

But the move toward mobile education is not just a response to students’ desire for mobile convenience. It has real academic benefits as well.

(Next page: The classroom benefits of mobile learning)

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