E-learning is making my job easier. It is opening access to my students in new ways. It is becoming a common part of the instructor-student connection.
Check out this video examining mobile devices and teaching and learning;
Though we are increasingly using mobile devices in higher education, we want to do so with intent and by examining their impact and effect on the faculty-student communication relationship and on the learning environment overall. There is a history of research on faculty-student communication outside of the classroom and that research is now including computer-mediated communication between faculty-students. Since many of my students already use Twitter and Instant Messenger -- and since most don't have a home computer (they use their smart phones) but rely upon the university computer services, any way I can become more mobile in my communication is a positive for my students.
Want to explore this further? Suggested reading:
DeBard, R., & Guidera, S. (2000). Adapting asynchronous communication to meet the seven principles of effective teaching. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 28(3), 219-230.
Edwards, J. T. (2009). Undergraduate students' perceptions and preferences of computer-mediated communication with faculty. American Communication Journal, 11(1).
Hickerson, C.A. & Giglio, M. (2009). Instant messaging between students and faculty: A tool for increasing student-faculty interaction. International Journal on E-Learning, 8(1), 71-88.
Waycott, J., Bennett, S., Kennedy, G., Dalgarno, B., & Gray, K. (2010). Digital divides? Student and staff perceptions of information and communication technologies. Computers & Education, 54(4), 1202-1211.
Woods, R. H. (2002). How much communication is enough in online courses? Exploring the relationship between frequency of instructor-initiated personal email and learners' perceptions of and participation in online learning. International Journal of Instructional Media, 29, 377-394.