Event Title

Using m-Learning to Enrich Introductory Field Experiences

Location

Jordan A

Event Website

http://atstreamer.boisestate.edu/dept/acadtech/mLearning_Symposium/JordanA/DavidRIckels/DavidRickels.html

Start Date

12-9-2011 10:30 AM

End Date

12-9-2011 11:00 AM

Description

The purpose of this project was to explore an m-Learning approach using mobile devices in an introductory-level course for undergraduate music education majors. The course in question (MUS 230 Foundations of Music Education) is an introductory course for pre-service teachers, and has traditionally incorporated a series of field observations in local K-12 schools. These observations are designed to acquaint students with a variety of current music education practices and settings, with assessment typically accomplished by means of a written reflection assignment following each observation.

For the spring 2011 semester, the students enrolled in the MUS 230 class were given the opportunity to purchase an Apple iPod Touch (4th generation) at a substantial discount. As an alternative to traditional written field reports, students had the opportunity to demonstrate reflection and comprehension of field-based knowledge by submitting reports in m-Learning media or Web 2.0 formats using the mobile device: annotated video clips, narrated audio clip podcasts, captioned photo slideshows, or blog entries.

This project was designed to be exploratory in nature, with the goal of freely employing new teaching and assessment practices; no experimental controls were utilized. Data were gathered from student work samples and pre-/post-course surveys. Two questions guided the analysis: (a) can using media-enabled mobile devices engage the students in deeper reflection on their field experience; and (2) can using media-enabled mobile devices allow the instructor a more meaningful assessment of the knowledge gained in field experience? This session will present descriptive results as a means of addressing these questions, as well as broader implications for teaching in an m-Learning environment.

About the Presenter

Dr. David A. Rickels is an Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education the Department of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Arizona State University. He has previously taught in a wide range of settings from kindergarten through college, including general music, beginning band, marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, music theory, and music education courses. Dr. Rickels also has an extensive and varied background of 15 years in the marching arts as a performer, instructor, designer, and adjudicator. As a conductor, Dr. Rickels has performed with the Mesa Community College Day Band and the Arizona State University Concert Band in addition to his high school ensembles. His interests as a researcher have centered on music teacher recruitment and issues surrounding competitive processes for bands.

For more information about Dr. Rickels, please visit: http://works.bepress.com/david_rickels/

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Sep 12th, 10:30 AM Sep 12th, 11:00 AM

Using m-Learning to Enrich Introductory Field Experiences

Jordan A

The purpose of this project was to explore an m-Learning approach using mobile devices in an introductory-level course for undergraduate music education majors. The course in question (MUS 230 Foundations of Music Education) is an introductory course for pre-service teachers, and has traditionally incorporated a series of field observations in local K-12 schools. These observations are designed to acquaint students with a variety of current music education practices and settings, with assessment typically accomplished by means of a written reflection assignment following each observation.

For the spring 2011 semester, the students enrolled in the MUS 230 class were given the opportunity to purchase an Apple iPod Touch (4th generation) at a substantial discount. As an alternative to traditional written field reports, students had the opportunity to demonstrate reflection and comprehension of field-based knowledge by submitting reports in m-Learning media or Web 2.0 formats using the mobile device: annotated video clips, narrated audio clip podcasts, captioned photo slideshows, or blog entries.

This project was designed to be exploratory in nature, with the goal of freely employing new teaching and assessment practices; no experimental controls were utilized. Data were gathered from student work samples and pre-/post-course surveys. Two questions guided the analysis: (a) can using media-enabled mobile devices engage the students in deeper reflection on their field experience; and (2) can using media-enabled mobile devices allow the instructor a more meaningful assessment of the knowledge gained in field experience? This session will present descriptive results as a means of addressing these questions, as well as broader implications for teaching in an m-Learning environment.

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