Ashland University College of Education Professor Publishes Book

Ashland University College of Education Professor Publishes Book

8/31/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Marian Maxfield, assistant professor of educational technology in the Ashland University Schar College of Education, has edited and published a new book titled “Advancing Higher Education with Mobile Learning Technologies: Cases, Trends, and Inquiry-Based Methods.”

Maxfield worked with J. Keengwe, associate professor at the University of North Dakota, in compiling the book, which was printed earlier this year by IGI Global.

“The book deals with the rapid advancements in technology, which are creating new opportunities for educators to enhance their classroom techniques with digital learning resources,” Maxfield said. “Once used solely outside of the classroom, smartphones, tablets and e-readers are becoming common in many school settings.”

Maxfield said that the book examines the implementation and success of mobile digital learning tools.

“With the inclusion of data on specific learning environments enhanced by ubiquitous educational technologies, this publication emphasizes the benefits of exploration and discovery in and out of the classroom,” she said. “This book is an essential reference source for academicians, professionals, education researchers, school administrators, faculty, technology staff and upper-level students interested in understanding the future of higher education.”

The book covers a number of topics, including:

·         Constructivist Classroom

·         Global Learning

·         Online Learning

·         Pedagogical Frameworks

·         Social Communications

·         Social Media

·         Teacher Development

The book has received a number of positive reviews, including one from ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.): “Education researchers who study and professionals who apply mobile technologies in educational settings share paradigms, perspectives, challenges, and effective models. They also assess the effectiveness of mobile technologies in 21st-century classrooms and the constructivist or inquiry-based learning environment. Among the topics are a guide for department chairs on developing faculty to use mobile learning technologies in college classes, using mobile technology for student teaching observations of special education candidates, a case study of mobile technologies in higher education pedagogy in Africa, promoting strategic reading using the iBooks author application, and integrating mobile technologies in multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-media projects.”

Maxfield received a B.A.Ed. in Secondary Education English, psychology and sociology from the University of Akron and holds an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology from Kent State University.

She has over a decade of experience teaching online in K-20. She designed online K-12 curriculum for First Ladies National Library and taught technology to international teachers through the IREX grant. She was the chair of the AERA Division H dissertation awards committee in 2013. Dr. Maxfield’s research interests include technology integration for pre-service teachers and K-20 professional development, mobile technologies, problem-based learning, electronic portfolios, discussion forums, information literacy, and medical education. Her scholarly work has won awards, including 2012 AERA dissertation second place, and appeared in multiple national and international peer-reviewed educational and medical journals, proceedings and magazines.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###