From the Field with Dr. Scott E. Hamm

Dr. Scott Hamm

Dr. Scott Hamm

Scott is the Director of Online Education at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas where he directs their online and technology-enhanced learning in addition to teaching in the graduate education program. He teaches the Mobile Learning Mastery series workshop for the Online Learning Consortium and is currently working a grant-funded project, Succeed You that is reimaging developmental math in a mobile context. Prior to coming to HSU, Scott directed the Mobile Learning Research at Abilene Christian University and has directed over 30 research projects and grants. Additionally, he teaches in the Graduate Education program at Abilene Christian University, and develops courses and teaches in the Graduate Educational Technology program for Fresno Pacific University.

In October, Scott received the 2014 OLC Effective Practice Award for his work/research using text-messaging in online and face-to-face classes to increase learning outcomes and engagement.

Scott did his undergraduate work in rehabilitation education at the Pennsylvania State University, graduate work in Religious Education at Abilene Christian University and received Doctorate in Educational Ministry at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, 2006. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems.

Name, Affiliation, Role? Scott E. Hamm, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Tx, Director of Online Education.

Are you an Android or iPhone? iPhone

What is your favorite personal app? Starbucks, not per se because of the product, but because of the apps responsiveness to the user. It is always evolving, always responding to mobility, and allows me to use the product easily while mobile. Recent, move to order/pay with app and pick up at store is perfect example.

What is your favorite educational app?

Why is mobile learning so important in education? More important in the ambient process of life, education is a major part of our lives. So important because education is about process and becoming less focused on the ‘product’ (degree) and more on the skills/abilities/artifacts that the educational experience affords. As consumers, we make use of spaces to invest. In education, mobility allows us to invest our time/consumption on our time and environment while also offering new ongoing possibilities for how that happens.

Where do you see mobile learning in 5 years? Part of what excites me is that I have no idea. But, part of me has to imagine. Hmm… One, I think mobile learning will become less a part of our vernacular and we will continue to shift learning to other designates that describe the product of mobile learning on a more granular basis. Location-based, in situ, live, etc.

What excites you the most about mobile devices and apps in education? The market. One, capitalism will ensure it stays robust. Hackers and bait products will ensure the price stays reasonable. This market is nimble and responsive and there isn’t a lag between need and product. And, we can create our own.

What do you think is the greatest barrier for mobile adoption in education? Research on adoption processes demonstrate that there are processes and systemic issues that any new product will need to travel over. However, mobility has been blowing those away, so will be fun to watch. Reality of Android/iOS, infrastructure, and system adoption will dictate the pace. Institutional strategic plan is a huge factor as adoption is typically caught by the end user. Mobility is interesting because it is forcing adoption and flipping the process.

What advice would you have for an instructor unsure of using mobile technologies in the classroom? Stay that way, and replace the uncertainty with inquiry into best practices in pedagogy, further research into the learner, then inquire about tools that can assist you in best serving the learner, outcomes, and your institution while picking on things, experimenting, and using it to engage your students in co-discovery.

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