Book Chapter on P-16 Partnerships for Learning with Mobile Technologies

Gimbert B., Acree L., Xie K., Anthony A.B. (2019) P-16 Partnerships for Learning with Mobile Technologies: Design, Implement and Evaluate. In: Zhang Y., Cristol D. (eds) Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Advancements in mobile technologies hold promise for supporting teaching and learning in educational settings. Across the globe, primary and secondary schools join with higher education institutions to design and implement mobile learning experiences for P-12 students and seek external funding to support such initiatives. This chapter describes a framework for advancing and sustaining m-learning initiatives in a P-16 partnership using a collaborative evaluation approach. Three key premises fortify the Partnership, Evaluation, Design, and Implementation (PEDI) framework: (1) Partnership is the central driving force; (2) Stakeholders and external experts determine processes of collaborative evaluation; and (3) The relationship between the partnership, design, implementation, and evaluation needs to be both reciprocal and iterative. When evaluation moves beyond “a snapshot” of the initiative’s impact, stakeholders’ collective expertise and unique contributions are recognized. A partnership of higher education representatives, including faculty, researchers, instructional designers, and software developers, and school-based educators and personnel such as teachers, administrators, staff, and instructional technology coordinators should adopt collaboratively evaluation practices in order to promote the most effective use of m-learning solutions in P-12 schools.

Keywords: P-16 partnerships; Mobile learning design; Mobile learning implementation; Evaluation of mobile learning