Microbursts: A Design Format for Mobile Cloud Computing

Microbursts: A Design Format for Mobile Cloud Computing

Susan Elwood (Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, USA) and Jared Keengwe (University of North Dakota, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2012040109
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The authors examine the Microburst Framework and the literature on Cloud and Mobile Computing with a focus on the educators’ thinking processes and the power of the constructivist learning environment interactions. The Microburst Framework is designed to address the increased thinking processes needed in Cloud and Mobile computing, and is based upon other theories and frameworks as described in the article. The purpose of this article is to provide educators of all ages an efficient and effective framework that could be useful in their instructional designs and skill acquisition for Cloud and Mobile Computing learning environments.
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Pre-service and cooperating teachers who teach within standards-based driven curriculums with one to five computers in their classrooms sometimes find it difficult to integrate one-to-one higher-level thinking cloud and mobile computing technologies. University faculty could also find it difficult to continually compliment their compact curriculum with current technological enhancements. This article is intended to explore the trend towards the integration of Cloud and Mobile Computing at one higher education learning institution with minimal face-to-face contact with preservice teachers in their field-basing semester, a semester before student teaching.

Specifically, this article addresses a research-based need for such a design format that can be used for any cloud-computing or mobile technology tool. This pedagogically sound framework allows not only K-12 instructional designers, but also instructional designers for all ages to effectively plan and integrate quality interactions within the power of today’s collaborative, digital technologies.

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