Mobile Computing Initiative
The UMassD Mobile Computing Committee was established in December 2010. The committee was formed with the goal of bringing several mobile computing efforts together and working systematically towards enhancing mobile computing on campus. The committee is a collaborative effort of faculty, students, administrators and staff.
- Establish a mobile web version of UMassD site that provides key information about UMass Dartmouth.
- Engage the campus community to participate by providing feedback on future mobile services and initiatives.
- Improve student anywhere/anytime access to academic resources and campus activities.
- Engage faculty in the exploration of teaching and learning with mobile technologies for use both in-and-out of the classroom.
- Engage students in academic development of mobile web services and applications.
UMass Dartmouth recognizes the increasing number of students, faculty, and staff utilizing mobile devices on campus and the growing need for anytime, anywhere access to campus information and academic services. We also recognize the potential of mobile technologies to transform teaching and learning that can enhance the student learning experience.
In the 2011 Horizon Report, the mobile manufacturer Ericsson estimates that by 2015, 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. Perhaps more important for education, Internet capable mobile devices will outnumber computers within the next year. In Japan, over 75% of Internet users already use mobile (devices) as their first choice for access. (http://www.educause.edu/Resources/2011HorizonReport/223122)