Campus Technology recently posted an excellent mLearning article by Ruth Reynard, which discusses the nature and effect of multiple connections in customized learning spaces. Reynard suggests that because they are connected wirelessly in any situation and for any reason, today’s students are “essentially nomads when it comes to their life ‘space.’”
Reynard asserts that within higher education, instructors are beginning to realize the impact of constant connectivity both positively and negatively in creating communities of learners within their courses. Students bring to the course an extensive network of information input, peer connections, and the potential of a wider scope of application than what has been the case until now.
On the negative side, Reynard suggest that instructors are facing the unprecedented challenge of “managing” not only the multitasking of the students but their insistence upon continual connectivity even when participating in a physical learning space with an instructor and other physical peers around them. Some instructors have seen this as something to be controlled through disabling access for the duration of the class while others are trying to integrate this reality into the learning environments.
Ultimately, Reynard asserts that whether you choose as a professor to exclude the connectivity from your classroom or to include it, there exits the potential of creating learning communities with broader impact than ever before possible, enhancing any course of study or academic field.
Be sure to check out Reynard’s full article in Campus Technology.