App Swap Breakfasts: Pedagogy, Mobile
Devices and Learning Discourse over
Breakfast
Fiona MacNeill, Beth Hewitt, Joyce Web...
Southend v Millwall - Photo credit: Stephen D. Lawrence

Devices are ubiquitous. This is a crowd
scene from a recent match...
Luke Wroblewski 2013 [CC BY-SA 2.0]

The challenge – the sheer variety of
devices available and how to support
them.
Excerpt from the University of Brighton Strategic Plan

“Digital transformation: All our courses will be supported
by inno...
We conducted a survey of App Swap Attendees (32 respondents)...

80%

“importance of mobile resources to the student
exper...
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The solution: App Swap Breakfasts
Bill Abbott [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Who
is this event for?
Anyone with a mobile device –
anyone with an inte...
http://county10.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/DSCN0134.jpg

Population
Select your target population. It needs to have st...
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Carlisle Rd
Denton Rd
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Darley Road site

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The Eastbourne campus is a cluste...
II. Common Interests

Randall Monroe [CC BY-NC 2.5] http://xkcd.com/728/
would people want it?
• As a forum to share best-practices with other

academic staff
• As a peer support opportunity
• To...
is the event useful?
• To help staff learn about their devices
• To make staff aware potential uses for their devices, as
...
The aim was to provide an environment in
which people would feel relaxed and
comfortable contributing, different from
trad...
shared apps (colleagues in school/dept.)
other sharing or not sharing

10%

27%

90%

73%

shared apps (institutions/confe...
Cyberslayer 2007 [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

III. Timeframe/frequency/balance
The choice of a space to hold your event can be very important and can
affect who attends, based upon campus/location geog...
In our initial pilot we made use of one of the
campus restaurants at the Eastbourne Campus. It
was selected due to it’s pe...
Before

Now

Falmer
At Falmer campus more flexibility has
been possible due to a centrally located
former cafe area (pictur...
At the Moulsecoomb campus
the Watts Building Social and
Informal Learning Space (has
been very well suited to host
the eve...
J. Spengler 2006 [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Toast song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JMjgq9vD20

In the interactive version of th...
Essential:
• Data projector- iPad adaptors (VGA to older
model pin output and VGA to mini thunderbolt)
• A nice clean wall...
VI. Branding

Consistent event branding is very
important, especially if you plan to expand
your pilot to become a campus/...
VIII. Format

The session organisers should
prepare 3-4 apps to share
based upon a very loose predefined theme for the sess...
VII. Promotion/Publicity
Coming up with a boilerplate statement to quickly
convey the goals of the event to people whom yo...
IX. Reference

Provide materials for your attendees to
refer back to easily after the event, so that
they can spend more t...
X. Conclusion

82%

stated that their “awareness of university support for
mobile devices increased” as a result of attend...
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MacNeill (2013) [Logo]
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Still from NearPod App (2014)
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Use of mobile technology at the University of Brighton has increased significantly in recent years, many Schools are providing staff with mobile devices and at the same time, conducting a number of initiatives exploring the use of mobile devices in learning and teaching.
With a palpable desire to capture this undercurrent of enthusiasm, we were keen to provide a stimulating forum whereby people could meet in a relaxed, café environment, to share ideas and experiences, regardless of expertise and without the restraints of a rigid format.

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UCISA Case Study Slides: App Swap Breakfasts: Pedagogy, Mobile Devices and Learning Discourse over Breakfast

  1. 1. App Swap Breakfasts: Pedagogy, Mobile Devices and Learning Discourse over Breakfast Fiona MacNeill, Beth Hewitt, Joyce Webber
  2. 2. Southend v Millwall - Photo credit: Stephen D. Lawrence Devices are ubiquitous. This is a crowd scene from a recent match between Millwall and Southend when the floodlights went out. The crowd helped out with their smartphones!
  3. 3. Luke Wroblewski 2013 [CC BY-SA 2.0] The challenge – the sheer variety of devices available and how to support them.
  4. 4. Excerpt from the University of Brighton Strategic Plan “Digital transformation: All our courses will be supported by innovative and creative use of technology for learning, teaching and research with a focus on the use of mobile technologies, embedded in high quality university-wide IT systems.” (p.9)
  5. 5. We conducted a survey of App Swap Attendees (32 respondents)... 80% “importance of mobile resources to the student experience at the University...” “Quite” or “Very Important/Essential”
  6. 6. Christmas  Present  by  mac9416.  [CC  BY-­‐SA  2.0].  Generic  tablet  illustra?on  by  Fiona  MacNeill Device Ownership: School Provided Personally Owned but used in the workplace BringYourOwnDevice
  7. 7. The solution: App Swap Breakfasts
  8. 8. Bill Abbott [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons Who is this event for? Anyone with a mobile device – anyone with an interest in teaching and learning, eg academic staff, support and admin staff.
  9. 9. http://county10.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/DSCN0134.jpg Population Select your target population. It needs to have steady access to touch-screen devices, either institutionally allocated or personally owned. To begin with, it is best to pilot these events with a smaller subset of a broader population. For example: academic staff in one school or geographic campus area, rather than the entire campus community. In Practice: The University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus was identified as the pilot location as it had two schools actively engaged in the promotion and use of mobile technologies in support of learning and teaching. The Eastbourne campus had already seen successful use of iPads in the School of Sport and Service Management for student video presentations as well as similar uses within the School of Health Sciences (formerly School of Nursing and Midwifery). This campus also had a smaller staff population and conveniently located campus restaurants where the events could be held. 1. Population
  10. 10. er do Ga ter f ie Carlisle Rd Denton Rd Beachy Head Rd es ld Darley Road site Ch The Eastbourne campus is a cluster of buildings, short distances from each other. The short distances became an important factor, influencing who attended the ASBs. A further ASB is planned for a different location at Eastbourne. Rd l Hillbrow and Welkin site s Hil ick en Drive ud rr Wa B2103 Paradise A259 East Dean Road ad Rd a rad P Me wn < To Brighton e Driv ise D a r l ey R o U er D pp ad es D uk
  11. 11. II. Common Interests Randall Monroe [CC BY-NC 2.5] http://xkcd.com/728/
  12. 12. would people want it? • As a forum to share best-practices with other academic staff • As a peer support opportunity • To create a space for interdisciplinary, inter-school sharing based on common interests • To provide an informal training/guidance structure for those with varying prior experience of using technology in support of learning, teaching and administrative tasks •
  13. 13. is the event useful? • To help staff learn about their devices • To make staff aware potential uses for their devices, as applied to learning, teaching and administrative tasks • To deliver news about technology developments, app releases, upgrades and best-practice to staff • To increase accessibility and understanding of devices and related technologies
  14. 14. The aim was to provide an environment in which people would feel relaxed and comfortable contributing, different from traditional workshops, in fact, particularly not a workshop and therefore not aimed at levels of ability.
  15. 15. shared apps (colleagues in school/dept.) other sharing or not sharing 10% 27% 90% 73% shared apps (institutions/conferences/networking) other sharing or not sharing
  16. 16. Cyberslayer 2007 [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] III. Timeframe/frequency/balance
  17. 17. The choice of a space to hold your event can be very important and can affect who attends, based upon campus/location geography. Also the day-today environment within a space or the collective perception of a space are important factors. Depending upon the size, geographical layout and scheduling at your campus/location, you may consider holding the event in more than one regular location in order to maximise attendance and accessibility. IV. Space
  18. 18. In our initial pilot we made use of one of the campus restaurants at the Eastbourne Campus. It was selected due to it’s perceived comfort and offered easy access to catering options. The restaurant’s geographic location meant that some staff from one school were more likely to attend than another and the space’s use as a dining hall could cause it to become prohibitively busy. This also affected the potential scheduling of the event. Hastings Eastbourne
  19. 19. Before Now Falmer At Falmer campus more flexibility has been possible due to a centrally located former cafe area (pictured at the top of this page) with comfortable furniture which can be reconfigured according to our needs. This space is only available in the mornings so that does limit the potential for events to be held later in the day in order to stimulate attendance by other sections of the campus population.
  20. 20. At the Moulsecoomb campus the Watts Building Social and Informal Learning Space (has been very well suited to host the event, but due to its day-today student focus has only been used for app swaps outside of term-time up until this point. Moulsecoomb
  21. 21. J. Spengler 2006 [CC BY-SA 2.0] Toast song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JMjgq9vD20 In the interactive version of this presentation, available on NearPod you can put spread on this toast... You can access the homework here: nearpod.com/join#ASOCZ PIN: ASOCZ
  22. 22. Essential: • Data projector- iPad adaptors (VGA to older model pin output and VGA to mini thunderbolt) • A nice clean wall or a tabletop projection screen Desirable: • A laptop to run Reflector (http:// www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/) for projection purposes • An Apple TV or desktop application like Reflector which is an Airplay receiver allowing for the screen of any iPad to be shared with the client computer (aforementioned laptop) over Wi-Fi (no physical adaptor needed) • Android SDK in conjunction with an android screen sharing application or code base (e.g. android-projector) V. Equipment
  23. 23. VI. Branding Consistent event branding is very important, especially if you plan to expand your pilot to become a campus/locationwide recognised event. Logo: consider having a logo or a recognisable open-source font for your event. Poster: this is helpful for both web and print and can be distributed to schools and to colleagues for presentation and outreach. Email Blast Branding: Always keep a consistent layout for your email blasts and include imagery if you are able to in order to pique attendee interest. Example format: Event title, who the event is for, event theme title, synopsis, brief event description, link/QR for associated resources, when the next event is, list of upcoming events, contact details.
  24. 24. VIII. Format The session organisers should prepare 3-4 apps to share based upon a very loose predefined theme for the session. Make it easy to digest, but give them just enough information so that they will want to explore further. Throw in a wildcard: invite someone from somewhere else. It is helpful to bring in special guests, whether they are from other campuses, institutions or are coming to show something specific – mixing it up a bit really helps to stimulate conversation and debate Set image: Phil Rankin 2009 [CC-BY-NC-2.0] // TV image: .reid 2009 [CC-BY-2.0]
  25. 25. VII. Promotion/Publicity Coming up with a boilerplate statement to quickly convey the goals of the event to people whom you meet with on a daily basis. Identify key stakeholders and senior staff collaborators: identify those who might have a vested interest in a project like this and those who can encourage peers to attend. Use word of mouth: every time you see someone with a device who falls within your chosen population, tell them about the event. Even if you have told them before keep telling them about the event. Use social media: define a Twitter hashtag for your event and use it to try and stimulate conversation around topics and apps which you cover. Use email with targeted lists based upon your chosen population
  26. 26. IX. Reference Provide materials for your attendees to refer back to easily after the event, so that they can spend more time exploring their devices and suggested apps. We have used QR codes to link to an Aspire online reading list. Other suggestions; A blog, discussion board, Pinterest, Padlet, Learnist or Gibbon could also be good platforms for sharing session information and related links.
  27. 27. X. Conclusion 82% stated that their “awareness of university support for mobile devices increased” as a result of attendance “there were many applications that I was not aware of which were already in use elsewhere in the university great to exchange ideas of best practice” [sic]
  28. 28. Slide 1 University of Brighton, Fiona MacNeill (2013) [Logo] Slide 2 Still from NearPod App (2014) [Software] (Accessed on 07.02.14) Slide 3 Stephen D. Lawrence (2014) [Photograph] Slide 4 Luke Wroblewski (2013) [Photograph] At: http:// www.flickr.com/photos/lukew/ 10412439655/ (Accessed on 06.02.14) [CC BY-SA 2.0] Slide 5 University of Brighton (2012) University of Brighton Strategic Plan 2012–2015 [Online]. Available at: http:// staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/ xpedio/groups/Public/ documents/staffcentral/ doc013747.pdf (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 6 Good Practise Guide, Changing Landscapes: The challenges of IT and digital skills training in the changing HE landscape (2014) UCISA [Online]. Available at: http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/~/ media/Files/publications/case_studies/ USG_Changing_landscapesCS_FINA L(1) (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 7 mac9416 (2012) [Photograph] At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ mac9416/8328518564/ (Accessed on 11/12/13) [CC BY-SA 2.0] Fiona MacNeill (2013) [Illustration] Slide 8 University of Brighton, Fiona MacNeill (2013) [Logo] Slide 9 Bill Abbott (1976) [Photograph] At: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:John_Entwistle,_The_Who,_197 6,_Winterland,_San_Francisco.jpg (Accessed on 11.02.14) [CC BY-SA 2.0] Slide 10 County10.com (2011) [Photograph] At: http://county10.com/wp-content/ uploads/2011/12/DSCN0134.jpg (Accessed on 07.02.14) Slide 11 Univerisity of Brighton (2013) [Map] At: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/ common/images/maps/pdfs/ eastbourne.pdf (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 12 Randall Monroe (2014) [Web Comic] At: http://xkcd.com/728/ (Accessed on 07.02.14) [CC BY-NC 2.5] Slide 13 Stephen D. Lawrence (2014) [Photograph] - closeup Slide 14 Stephen D. Lawrence (2014) [Photograph] - closeup Slide 15 University of Brighton (2014) [Photograph] At: http:// www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/ cafesandshops/falmer.php (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 16 Good Practise Guide, Changing Landscapes...(2014) UCISA [Online] Slide 17 Cyberslayer (2007) Pocket Watch [Photograph] At:http:// www.flickr.com/photos/cyberslayer/ 871014475/ (Accessed 11.02.14) [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] Slide 18 Fiona MacNeill (2013) Spaceship [Graphic Art] Slide 19 University of Brighton (2013) Eastbourne [Photograph] University of Brighton (2014) Hastings [Photograph] Slide 20 University of Brighton (2014) [Photograph] At: http:// www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/ cafesandshops/falmer.php (Accessed on 11.02.14) University of Brighton (2013) Falmer [Photograph] University of Brighton (2013) Falmer [Photograph] University of Brighton (2014) Falmer [Photograph] Slide 21 University of Brighton (2013) Moulsecoomb [Photograph] University of Brighton (2013) Moulsecoomb [Photograph] Slide 22 J. Spengler (2006) [Photograph] At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:American_breakfast_ %28187066827%29.jpg (Accessed on 10.02.14) Top of the Pops: 1978, [television programme, online], Prod. credit n.k., Prod. company n.k., Prod. country n.k., 18:30 24/10/2013, BBC FOUR, 40mins. http://bobnational.net/ record/178527, (Accessed 11/02/2014). Slide 23 Fiona MacNeill (2014) [Digital Image] Slide 24 University of Brighton, Fiona MacNeill (2013) [Digital Image] Slide 25 Screenshots from Twitter (2014) [Digital Image] At: https:// twitter.com/search?q= %23appswapbreakfast&src=hash&f=r ealtime & https://twitter.com/search? q=%23appswap&src=typd (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 26 Phil Rankin (2009) [Photograph] At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ philrankin/3652504728 (Accessed on 09.02.14) .reid (2009) [Photograph] At: http:// www.flickr.com/photos/sarahreido/ 3245498261 (Accessed on 09.02.14) Slide 27 Screenshots from Talis Aspire (2014) [Digital Image] At: http:// readinglists.brighton.ac.uk/lists/ 391F20D5-2918-769D-921E-193C5C 1213B6.html (Accessed on 11.02.14) Slide 28 Good Practise Guide, Changing Landscapes...(2014) UCISA [Online]

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