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Mobile Apps in Distance Education

How mobile apps can support and increase productivity in distance education.
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Megan Mallon

on 2 December 2011

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Mobile Apps in Distance Education
By: Megan Mallon
EDCI 887
Kansas State University
Fall 2010 There are many mobile applications that can greatly enhance and improve the quailty of distance education. Social media, podcasts, and study helpers are three examples of mobile apps that will change teaching at a distance. SOCIAL MEDIA "Newer technologies like wireless, mobile, and broadband will increase immeasureably the possible blends for both campus-based and distance education" (Mason & Rennie, 2006). Twitter can be a wonderful way to stay connected on a daily basis with instructors and classmates--as evidenced by our current class, EDCI 887! Students can interact with fellow classmates on Facebook, where they can create a page especially for their class or distance education program. Skype is a social media software program that allows for voice calls over the internet. It also has features for instant messaging and video conferencing. Two-way video and audio conferencing has become a very important aspect of distance education (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, Zvacek, 2009). Sharing data and ideas over the internet is made easier through social media programs, such as Skype. PODCASTS "Podcasting is a form
of broadcasting over
the internet" (Mason & Rennie, 2006). TweetDeck TweetDeck is a program (that can either be downloaded to the desktop or as an app on a mobile phone) that interfaces with Twitter API and allows users to view data from multiple social medias at once (Wikipedia, 2010). Distance education students
can experience authentic activities
and show their understanding of a
concept by creating a podcast and
uploading it for evaluation
from their teacher. Screencasting is also
a great opportunity
for teachers to share
tutorials with their
distance education students. STUDY HELPERS Reference apps, such as
"Dictionary.com," can
assist students in completing
assignments for their distance
education courses. Lack of organizational skills is shown as a strong barrier to the success of distance education (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2009). Flashcard apps, such as this one for the iPhone, can be helpful study assistants to students on the go. While the core concepts of distance education may be solid, new technologies are introduced every day. It is vital that mobile apps such as social media, podcasts, and study helpers are integrated to help improve the quality of distance education. REFERENCES:
Mason, R., & Rennie, F. (2006). Elearning: the key concepts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2009). Teaching and learning at a distance. Boston, MA: Pearson.

TweetDeck (2010, August 13). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 18, 2010 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TweetDeck.
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