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Mobiles and Flipping in Oman- Bloom Buys a Smart Phone

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    Title: Mobiles and Flipping in Oman- Bloom Buys a Smart Phone
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    Date: 2016
    Publication type: Technical report
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    1. Flipping, Bloom
    2. Mobiles
    3. Reverse Instruction

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    Abstract

    At Sultan Qaboos University, a Master’s level course offered by the Instructional and Learning Technologies Department in the College of Education used mobile devises to explore their uses and potential educational value. The students used their smartphones to personalize and interact with e-content delivered via the course management system, Moodle. In juxtaposition with the mobile usage, the instructor “flipped” some the content of the course. Flipped or reverse instruction is a relatively simple concept. Instead of the teacher delivering content in class lectures and homework for practice, the students are provided content instruction as homework and time to practice their skills during class. The flipped-mastery learning environment, based on Bloom’s Mastery model, provided an added element by allowing students to set their pace of mastering content. This paper focuses on a small investigative study using mobile devises for learning with the flipped-mastery delivery method and explores the potential roles of mobiles in Omani education. The paper concludes with thoughts on the intrinsic value of mobile devises for teaching and learning.