Learning on the Move! Coming to a small screen near youEdwin curran


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Learning on the Move! Coming to a small screen near youEdwin curran

  1. 1. Learning on the Move ! Coming to a small screen near you. Dr Edwin P Curran School of Computing and Mathematics University of Ulster [email_address]
  2. 2. Where do our students learn? <ul><li>Lectures? </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials? </li></ul><ul><li>Practicals? </li></ul><ul><li>Revision classes? </li></ul><ul><li>Cramming in last week before exam? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is mobile learning the answer? <ul><li>“ It's elearning through mobile computational devices: Palms, WindowsCE machines, even your digital cell phone .” (Quinn 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>“ how the mobility of learners augmented by personal and public technology can contribute to the process of gaining new knowledge, skills and experience . “( Sharples et al 2007) </li></ul>
  4. 4. An age of personal and technical mobility <ul><li>http:// www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/mobile / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7178670.stm#2 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mobile internet devices <ul><li>“ A mobile internet device is something that you carry around in your pocket, and can deliver the full internet, with no compromises ,” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Eventually we will blanket the globe in wireless broadband connectivity ” </li></ul><ul><li>( Paul Otellini , Intel, 2008) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mobile learning activities <ul><li>“ Ten years of research into mobile learning has revealed no single ‘killer application’ for mobile technology in learning, but instead has offered a set of promising scenarios such as … …handheld response systems in classrooms” </li></ul><ul><li>( Sharples et al 2007) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mobile learning activities <ul><li>Should be driven by specific learning objectives </li></ul><ul><li>create quick and simple interactions; </li></ul><ul><li>prepare flexible materials that can be accessed across contexts; </li></ul><ul><li>consider special devices that might add to the learner experience (for features of mobile example, the use of audio); </li></ul><ul><li>use mobile technology not only to ‘deliver’ learning but to facilitate it, </li></ul><ul><li>make use of the facilities in current mobile devices for voice communication, note-taking, … </li></ul><ul><li>(Naismith and Corlett, 2006) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Challenge <ul><li>Let’s explore how we can harness existing technology to make our classes more fun, more engaging and enrich the learning experience for more of our students. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is teaching? <ul><li>The purposeful creation of situations from which motivated learners should not be able to escape without learning or developing. ( Cowan 1998) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Do I have to use all these? Sony PSP Apple iPod
  11. 11. Do I have to use all these? V L E small screen devices Tools to create questions and learning activities Audience participation system
  12. 12. Audience participation systems <ul><li>InterWrite PRS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.interwitelearning.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IR and RF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest version 4.41 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to WebCT/Blackboard </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Audience participation systems <ul><li>TurningPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.turningtechnologies.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IR and RF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest version 4.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to WebCT/Blackboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sits as a toolbar in PowerPoint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allows competition </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Creating learning activities <ul><li>StudyMate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authoring tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create Flash-based activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.respondus.com/products/demos-sm.sthml </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Better stop now! <ul><li>Will this guarantee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>better engagement of students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>higher level of satisfaction? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enhanced level of continuing enrolment? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation in semester 2 </li></ul>