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Sunday, March 17, 2013

University students’ lessons go mobile by Sara Sabry

HCT to initiate paperless classrooms and learning environments.


"Abu Dhabi: Around 1,500 mobile devices will be provided to first-year bachelor degree students at several universities in efforts to take bold step towards paperless classrooms and learning environments in the capital", summarizes Sara Sabry, Staff Reporter.   

The move, which begin next month, will see the introduction of mobile technologies as learning tools for all Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) first–year students starting from the second semester in order to join more than 6,000 HCT foundation programme students, who are already using the tablet learning devices.  
“The introduction of the technology to students beyond the foundation programme was designed to assist with the gradual integration of mobile learning education into curricula as well as student’s learning experience,” said Dr. Mark Drummond, the provost of HCT, on Sunday.
 “The success of the initial mobile learning project, which has witnessed the introduction of about 6,370 mobile technology in the form of Apple iPads, has been the catalyst to include the technology for all first year bachelor programme students, starting in the second semester next month.”
A common response was the portability of the learning tools and environment and the savings on paper.
“It replaces books, pens, notebooks and laptops so the students come ready to class,” said another teacher. “The students like it. It is easy to carry everything around on one device.”