Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moments, and know EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
– Albert Schweitzer
I started researching in about February 2014 by steeping myself into a massive review of theoretical topics regarding mobile technology enhanced learning. I used a licensed referencing tool, EndNote, to store and order themes of resources into categories appropriate for my topic, gradually expanding and synthesizing new categories as I progressed. I am a very structured and methodical researcher and at times, and was accused by my MSc Prof of having OCD ways.
I suppose that my relationship with the beloved EndNote app proves this point. In tandem to EndNote I keep an ongoing set of notes alive and thriving via EverNote, an open source application. The building of these 2 databases is still work in progress. I can recommend that both be used in parallel and that the categories of information are kept aligned. In addition, both applications offer cloud storage options, ensuring safety and accessibility at all times.
I want to propose a hybrid theory for technology enhanced learning (TEL) where mobile devices are used to facilitate the process. This is my B-E-E-G theoretical picture – the enveloping lens. Within the picture I have already synthesized a matrix of categories and factors to be used to evaluate a higher education context which strongly features mobile TEL (MTEL) aspects.
In order to apply MTEL, I have designed a case study, collecting empirical data from architectural undergraduates, studying in a blended learning way. The task at hand is to analysis the data, advance body of knowledge by adjusting the MTEL and finally to adjust and evolve the initial hybrid theory. In so doing, the findings will culminate in both practical for ill-defined domains such as architectural technology and theoretical recommendations. Thereafter, plenty of additional post-doctoral research is envisaged.
Let’s see what happens over the next 6 months.