Students Personal Technologies
At the beginning of the MoRSE project a survey of students personal technologies was undertaken to provide a baseline for the project and it was interesting to note that most students students believe that mobile phones can support their learning in a variety of ways:
- De Montfort University Personal Technologies Survey
During the period of the project mobile and personal technologies have continued to develop at a significant rate, as demonstrated by the rapid increase in the range and type of smart phones on the market and the new generation touch screen tablets that have emerged since the beginning of the project. This has been coupled by the growth of the mobile application “App” market, development of 3G mobile infrastructure and new regulations introduced in the EU covering roaming charges. These developments will no doubt have impact on the type of personal technologies that students own and the way that they will use them to support their learning. However it is likely that it will be heterogeneous mix of technologies and probably very fragmented. Therefore it is probably important to focus on the learning and those technologies that are widely and freely available running across multiple platforms. It is worth noting that some of the key technologies used as part of this project have been around for many years including RSS (geo-RSS), SMS and MMS and continue to provide a baseline to contributing from devices that today would be considered basic.