Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

McClure, Lisa


While there has been a strong history of using personal electronic devices in education, more recent endeavors have worked to establish the place of contemporary mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) in post-secondary education. However, these devices do not seem fully realized and leveraged as a useful tool in many curricula, particularly in the field of composition. This work seeks to explore the potential for integrating mobile technologies in writing courses and writing centers in ways that value contemporary composition pedagogy and in ways people actually use smartphones. Such an approach consists primarily of unpacking the usage patterns, user experiences, and attendant attitudes of those who would be primary users of this technology, thereby better understanding how to more effectively craft meaningful, mobile learning applications for composition students. Towards those ends, a mobile web application was developed and tested in two scenes: first-year composition classrooms and an intensive summer bridge program for incoming freshmen.




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