Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Having an interest in mobile learning at its early stages of popularity, Dr. Mentor has long been interested in how our daily use of mobiles, a “small personal computer,” could be utilized in the field of education. Looking to Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan, his dissertation advisor, and Dr. Charles Kinzer, who transformed his views by offering new lenses that value student experiences and relationships between space and learning, Dr. Mentor reflects, "Here in this program [CMLTD], people are thinking ahead and making sure that the technology is there for you. The research that the faculty members do in this program is relevant across fields and even years later. I think it inspires and engages students to help them to adapt the work to their own interests."Dr. Mentor’s recent publications include Encyclopedia of Mobile Phones and Mobile Behavior, which was based on his dissertation work focusing on social connectedness, and an upcoming book chapter, titled "App Attack," which focuses on theories and practical pedagogical examples on how the iPad is used in education. He is currently editing a book on mobile learning research in contemporary classrooms.