Mobile Learning infoKit

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The Mobile Learning infoKit is a developing resource from JISC infoNet launched at ALT-C 2011 alongside the new JISC publication Emerging Practice in a Digital Age (September 2011). Augmenting the Emerging Practice guide, this infoKit is a practical guide for educational institutions planning to implement a mobile learning initiatiative.

At launch, the Mobile Learning infoKit comprises a wiki-based resource collating information and guidance from JISC and other sources. It will develop to include a section on future trends, incorporate additional examples, and be made available in a variety of formats.

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Mobile Learning infoKit

  1. 1. Mobile Learning infoKit Image CC BY-NC Curnen
  2. 2. Gartner’s Hype Cycle
  3. 3. Gartner’s Hype Cycle MobileLearning
  4. 4. THE PROBLEM “New generations of young people who have grown up with digital technology have high expectations of anytime, anywhere learning, but many learners do not have a clear understanding of how courses could or should use technology to support learning. They are still very much reliant on lecturers for guidance.” JISC LEARNER EXPERIENCES OF E-LEARNING, GUIDE 2
  5. 5. HOW SHOULDEDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONSRESPOND?
  6. 6. JISC’s publication‘Emerging Practicein a Digital Age’ isa guide totechnology-enhancedinstitutionalinnovation.http://jisc.ac.uk/digiemerge
  7. 7. JISC infoNet’sMobile LearninginfoKit augmentsJISC’s ‘EmergingPractice in aDigital Age’publication.http://jisc.ac.uk/digiemerge
  8. 8. Encourages time-management Why FITS INTO THE LIVES OF LEARNERS MOBILE learning? CONTEXUALISATION Enables new learning environment BITE-SIZED LEARNING CONTENT Encourages reflection close to learning eventIMMEDIACY OF COMMUNICATION PERVASIVE AND UBIQUITOUS PROMOTES ACTIVE LEARNING More learner-centred Personal, private and familiar Portable ACCESS TO METHORS, TUTORS AND OTHERSUser-generated content Increased accessibility for various groups of learners
  9. 9. Why “Looking at mobile learning in aMOBILElearning? wider context, we have to recognize that mobile, personal, and wireless devices are now radically transforming societal notions of discourse and knowledge, and are responsible for new forms of art, employment, language, commerce, deprivation, and crime, as well as learning.” TRAXLER (2007)
  10. 10. CONTENTS:Practical, focused advice
  11. 11. What is The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld hardware, wireless networking and mobile telephony toMOBILElearning? FACILITATE support ENHANCE AND EXTEND THE REACH OF teaching and LEARNING. MOLENET (2007-2010)
  12. 12. What is “Early definitions of [mobile learning],MOBILElearning? which focused predominantly on the attributes of mobile technology, have given way to more sophisticated conceptualisations suggesting that mobility is the central issue... This denotes not just physical mobility but the opportunity to overcome physical constraints by having access to people and digital learning resources, regardless of place and time.” KUKULSKA-HULME (2010)
  13. 13. Mobile Learning Myths
  14. 14. “There are no consistentstandards for mobile learning” “The screens are too small” Mobile Learning Myths “Students with disabilities cannot use mobile devices for learning” “Mobile devicesare a distraction!”
  15. 15. “HTML5 and other webstandards are mobile-friendly” “Mobile learning is all about context” Mobile Learning Myths “Mobile devices enable greater “Distraction is personalisation for disabled students” nothing new to learning!”
  16. 16. KEYWORDSINMOBILELEARNING
  17. 17. KEY CONTEXTWORDSINMOBILELEARNING
  18. 18. KEY CONTEXTWORDSINMOBILELEARNING CULTURE
  19. 19. “A major task for educational EVALUATIONevaluation is to identify andanalyse learning within and acrosscontexts. For mobile learning, theinterest is not only in how learningoccurs in a variety of settings, butalso how people create newcontexts for learning through theirinteractions and how they progresslearning across contexts.” VAVOULA & SHARPLES (2008)
  20. 20. ?HOWDO GET WESTARTED
  21. 21. Quick Wins
  22. 22. Set up socialmedia accounts Quick Wins
  23. 23. Set up socialmedia accounts Quick Wins Turn on mobile version of VLE, etc.
  24. 24. Set up socialmedia accounts Invest in secure SMS text messaging Quick Wins Turn on mobile version of VLE, etc.
  25. 25. SNAPSHOTS
  26. 26. CO-ORDINATION ITERATION CULTURAL CHANGEIS IMPORTANT IS KEY CAN BE DIFFICULT “We tried to do something a little bit different.”
  27. 27. GAIN FEEDBACK SPECIFY THE MOBILE LEARNINGON YOUR PLANS PROBLEM IS A TROJAN HORSE “We really were starting from scratch!”
  28. 28. PROVIDE THE EXPERIMENT WORK INBUSINESS CASE PARTNERSHIP “Its having a combination of staff with the right skills.”
  29. 29. http://bit.ly/mobilelearninginfokit Mobile Learning infoKithttp://jisc.ac.uk/digiemerge Image CC BY-NC Curnen

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