Smartphones playing a big role in education in Canada

Published: August 10th, 2012

Student movements and protests are nothing new, but new research from service provider Mobilicity found that 41 per cent of Canadians record lectures and tutorial sessions.

The study called Mobile Student 2.0 also found that 66 per cent of Canadians would use a mobile phone to conduct online research anywhere, anytime. Canadian students (42 per cent) are also coordinating school and social activities on their smartphone. Moreover, the majority of Canadians (56 per cent) think that mobile phones are an invaluable tool for students.

The Mobile Student 2.0 refers to the next-gen student who relies on a smartphone with Internet usage to enhance their education and social life, according to Mobilicity.

The findings of the survey align with what Dr. Mark Federman, former Chief Strategist of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto, calls “the emergence of contemporary education and social learning.”

“Not only are we seeing students using smartphones to record lectures, photograph instructor notes and collaborate through cloud-based applications, but some instructors are starting to allow the Mobile Student 2.0 to research items of interest during a lecture or use Twitter to open a back channel of conversation and enhance student participation and engagement,” said Dr. Federman.