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Past Projects

Wireless/Hand-Held Devices and Education: A Review of Literature for DANTES (2008)

In an effort to better understand the learning outcomes related to the use of hand held devices in the delivery of higher education courses, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) (www.dantes.doded.mil/) employed Hezel Associates, a research and consulting firm for the education sector, to study outcomes related to these courses. In particular, Hezel Associates sought to:

compare course completion rates for three different delivery modes: courses offered primarily on hand held devices (PDAs and iPods), courses offered primarily online, and courses offered via traditional face-to-face classroom instruction;
address the possibility of whether the use of one delivery mode versus the others led to differing results;
compare and contrast the physical attributes of iPods and PDAs in the delivery of courses and identify constraints and considerations in their design.

Although five institutions that use or have used hand held devices in the delivery of higher education coursework were recruited for this study, only one of the five was able to provide course completion data sufficient to compare hand held courses to other modalities. Overall, the findings of this analysis are both preliminary and limited, owing to the narrow definition of outcomes in this study (course completion rates only) as well as the small body of data available from participating institutions. To add perspective to these findings and to the endeavor as a whole, Hezel Associates also reviewed the wider scholarly contexts for understanding and interpreting these results. This report includes the findings from this literature review.

pdfWireless/Hand-Held Devices and Education: A Review of Literature for DANTES (2008)

Hezel Associates, LLC. (2008). Wireless/hand-held devices and education. A review of literature for DANTES. Retrieved from http://www.hezel.com/images/resource-library/wireless-handheld-devices-and-education.pdf