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Mobile Learning Strategy for Your Institution - Aga Palalas

  1. 1. Preparing Mobile Learning Strategy for Your Institution Agnieszka Palalas, Ed.D. mLearn2013, Doha October 2013
  2. 2. Objective ¤  How to design and implement a mobile learning strategy to guide the adaptation of mobile learning ¤  How to manage the organized efforts toward a comprehensive m-strategy that would align with the organization-wide academic macro-strategy ¤  How to prepare the foundations for change management
  3. 3. Mobile Learning Strategy ¤  Clear path to how mobile learning can be implemented ¤  Strong business case: ¤  targeted educational problems and potential solutions ¤  scope and context ¤  current state ¤  deliverables (outcomes) ¤  projected benefits ¤  key stakeholders and areas impacted ¤  roadmap with required activities, schedules, supports, resources, and costs ¤  controls and metrics to monitor the success
  4. 4. Background ¤  Plans to implement mobile learning ¤  Isolated m-learning projects ¤  Grassroots movement ¤  Community of practice ¤  Documented success of m-projects ¤  Need for centralized mobile learning strategy ¤  Increased interest amongst some faculty and administrators >> Institution-wide mobile learning strategy
  5. 5. Limitations ¤  Fragmentation ¤  Limited resources ¤  Lack of buy-in ¤  Limited understanding of mobile learning ¤  Inadequate wireless infrastructure
  6. 6. Incremental Process ¤  Identify existing expertise, peer champions, and propagate examples of m-learning implementation and success ¤  Connect fragmented m-learning efforts ¤  Construct groundwork: short-term m-learning tasks and projects - immediate measurable observable results ¤  Gradually win support of faculty and management ¤  Systematically raise awareness and understanding of m-learning ¤  Optimize scarce resources, time and feedback (agile)concurrent activities
  7. 7. rrent oncu C M-strategy Development Phases 1.  Needs assessment 2.  Feedback and evidence gathering 3.  Feedback exchange and communication 4.  Infrastructure and enterprise systems 5.  Training and professional development 6.  M-learning strategy document
  8. 8. Needs Assessment ¤  Explore gap between current and desired state ¤  Establish need and preparedness, m-learning habits (analytics ) ¤  Project benefits ¤  Examine ¤  expected enablers, challenges and risks ¤  resource requirements (physical/logistic, technological, human, & monetary) ¤  current state of the IT infrastructure ¤  existing learning content and mobile applications ¤  Involve all stakeholder, including the IT department
  9. 9. Feedback and Evidence Gathering ¤  Collect empirical evidence ¤  Conduct m-learning pilots - who, when, how and why ¤  not too lengthy ¤  across programs ¤  well-planned, rigorous, following established pilot selection and completion procedures ¤  prompt dissemination of findings ¤  adjustments of the strategy ¤  diverse contexts and needs ¤  students and faculty
  10. 10. Feedback and Evidence Gathering – Pilot Studies Focus ¤  Evaluation of existing mobile tools, materials and artifacts ¤  Creation and curation of such resources ¤  Delivery/content distribution/app provision mechanisms ¤  Maintenance and governance strategies ¤  Content strategy and pedagogy ¤  Changing roles of all actors
  11. 11. Feedback Exchange and Communication ¤  To maintain interest and learning, to answer “what’s in it for me?” & “what are the benefits for students?” ¤  Cross divisional information-reflection-documentation-sharing ¤  Mobile @ GBC website, email, Facebook page ¤  m-learning ambassadors (self-selected) ¤  ad-hoc meetings ¤  regular meetings of Mobile Learning Reference Group (faculty, students, IT professionals, innovation in teaching and learning representatives, senior executives, chairs, legal/copyright experts, accessibility specialists, marketing)
  12. 12. Infrastructure and Enterprise Systems ¤  Appraisal of existing infrastructure ¤  Possible restructuring or updating of the current framework ¤  Technological readiness and an m-learning ecosystem that incorporates: ¤  system that provides access to m-content, helps create and maintain the content ¤  performance and technical support ¤  mechanism of device procurement and provision (BYOD) ¤  related procedures, policies and licenses ¤  ~ mobile app management (MAM) ¤  ~ mobile device management (MDM)
  13. 13. Training and Professional Development ¤  Training in m-learning pedagogy, instructional design, tools and application ¤  f2f tutorials ¤  webinars ¤  materials on the m-learning website ¤  emails pointing to links and resources ¤  presentations at college-wide events ¤  two-day mobile app boot camp
  14. 14. M-learning Strategy Document ¤  Solid vision to communicate to executives, faculty, the IT department, ID and development teams or vendors ¤  Essence of learnings from research and evidence gathering activities + processes, timelines, and funding options for institution-wide implementation ¤  Highlight benefits supported by concrete evidence ¤  Collaborate with ed institutions and industry partners ¤  Decision-makers involved early-on in strategy creation
  15. 15. Key Pitfalls 1.  No dedicated m-learning resources and infrastructure 2.  No commitment to the m-learning objectives (merely following a mobility trend) 3.  Not prepared to take risk
  16. 16. Q&A Thank you LinkedIn: Presentations: Publications:
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