Our research explores more efficient and effective ways to package transmedia messages on mobile devices. How can different information, including graphics, explanations, and multiple media from the same story viewed on an ipad or computer screen be represented on a smaller screen? Do users scan and consume digital information differently on mobile devices compared to other platforms? If so, how, and what does that mean to journalists and educators who need to communicate important content?
Mobile devices and faster connection speeds continue to make this platform the fastest growing platform for gathering and sharing information. Any smartphone owner can now shoot, edit and instantly share video using sophisticated video apps for smartphones. The devices can also stream live video from the field. The question is how can all of this be done quickly with the best possible quality for effective communication?
Our research is also including mobile learning processes. As part of the University of Maryland’s new “mobility initiative,” students receive a mobile device with web access to engage in mobile course content. We seek to better understand how such a device can extend classroom learning.
FORTHCOMING: Yaros, Ronald A. “Social Media In Education: Effects of Personalization and Interactivity On Engagement and Collaboration,” In H.S. Noor Al-Deen, J.A. Hendricks (Eds.) Social Media: Usage And Impact, Lexington Books, publisher. (Chapter proposal approved October, 2010.)