Mobile Learning in the 21st Century: Leicester and Beyond


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Mobile Learning in the 21st Century: Leicester and Beyond

  1. 1. Mobile Learning in the 21st Century: Leicester and Beyond Terese Bird Learning Technologist and Photo of student Ibrahim studying during patrol coffee break SCORE Research Fellow University of Leicester C@N-DO Event, University of Northampton, 5 December, 2013
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • Where are we with mobile learning? • War Zones – one-iPad-per-distanceCriminology-Masters-student • Mummies, Pompeii, and Management – roundup of tablet use other than one iPad per • Medical iPads – one-iPad-perundergrad-Medical Student • And beyond… Photo by Barbara Willi on Flickr
  3. 3. Where are we with mobile learning? Affordances: ubiquitous, flexible, student-owned, personal, networked, situated, fast bootup, 24/7 life, less paper, capture the moment, ‘student-teacher eye contact,’ augmented reality, GPS Trends in 2013 (shipments) • PCs: down 10.6% • Tablets: up 67.9% • Mobile phones: up 4.3% • Globally about 20% internet traffic is from mobile; in India, 61%
  4. 4. My take-home lessons from mobile learning • Must not assume students know how to use mobile for learning • Include mobile in learning design • Suggest and help students use mobiles for learning (‘mobile learning literacy’) • Give students a place (discussion board) to share tips and describe problems • Wifi in all teaching rooms • Flexibility, not demand • ‘Mobile learning’ becoming just ‘learning’
  5. 5. Suggest academic use of mobile devices • electronic reading and note-taking -pdf, epub Notability • sharing resources with others, curating, discussing Twitter, • word-processing on device - Pages • working with cloud storage - Dropbox • web reading offline - Instapaper, Flipboard, simple screenshot • capturing live event by sound plus notes - Audiotorium • consuming, collecting, storing multimedia learning material – iTunes U • Connecting with VLE – Blackboard MobileLearn • videoconferencing with other students and tutors – Adobe Connect, Skype, Puffin Browser • brain-storming, spider-diagramming - iThoughts, SimpleMind
  6. 6. War Zones: MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development, Department of Criminology and Masters International Education, School of Education Photo by The USO on Flickr
  7. 7. Two masters distance learning courses with iPads Course Learning Design Student Number Course Location of material students iPad instruction Digital Literacy Criminology Security, Conflict, & International Development Group 1st attended 7Cs Learning Design workshop http://tinyurl. com/ yf2mwcj Conflict zones (Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria) 18 per cohort, 2 intakes per year Professional course app ‘SCID’, Blackboard, Amazon books (vouchers) Helpsheet: How to download course app, top 10 apps to use Education International Education One Education academic did all Anywhere (Canada, Korea) 10 first cohort Instructorcreated ebook distributed by iTunes U, Bbd Emails and instructions to get ebook
  8. 8. Nie, 2013
  9. 9. • “The course App is easily accessed , it is pre structured and organised. I find it a logical progression and a great guide to complete a unit by using the course app. If it was not available I would use the blackboard as opposed to print, again as it easier to access view. I travel quite a lot for work making the use of Ipad ideal” • “I much prefer reading from paper than from computers. app is no.2 because it is so immediate and easy to use. ”
  10. 10. • “The Application is the best to use. Except for the need for wifi or internet connection: PLEASE download everything to the app: we are not allowed to have wifi and it is very difficult to access youtube etc. in here. “
  11. 11. How has the iPad and Course App changed the way you study? “Firstly I am more motivated, as it is structured and organised. I am getting through more than I would if I was solely given a recommended reading list.” “It has enabled me to read the material without carrying a bundle of books and is very good for studying at work during free time. “ “Mind-mapping app”
  12. 12. How has the iPad and Course App changed the way you study? “More use of multimedia in studying. Use of other methods such as mind map and good reader type apps. Ability to tailor to your preferred study method. Everything in one place (ie no piles of paper).” “I love the fact it is mobile, as I am constantly on the move. Travelling with books would be unrealistic. “
  13. 13. Pompeii: Porta Stabia project (director Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati) Quadriporticus Project (director Eric Poehler, Umass, and Steven Ellis, University of Cincinnati) Photos courtesy of Nick Ray
  14. 14. Mummies: Windows tablets at Museum Studies Photo by University of Leicester
  15. 15. BYOD Distance Learning: School of Management Photo by University of Leicester
  16. 16. School of Medicine: one iPad per student Apple Education website (Apple, 2011)
  17. 17. iPads in Medicine • Paperlessness • Notability app • 10% requested paper at first • At first, 30-50% brought iPads to seminars; after 6 weeks, close to 100% bring iPads • ‘Culture clash’ in interdisciplinary classes Photo by University of Michigan MSIS
  18. 18. And beyond…
  19. 19. ePub on Android Powerpoint video on non-smartphone Facebook Secret Group as a VLE
  20. 20. Predictions • More simple BYOD use – i.e. lecture voting, SMS, email to blog • Institution-provided devices solves problems • Improved VLE mobile apps • Fieldwork • Labwork • Offline access will remain important
  21. 21. Tips • Consider designing in mobile into your course • Address the need for mobile digital literacy • Start a Handheld Learning group or iPad coffee club • Apple iBooks Author to make pdf and .ibooks with embedded video – share using iTunes U Course • Google docs has recently been approved by Jisc/Janet
  22. 22. References and Thanks • Apple. (2011). Apple (United Kingdom) - Education - Profiles - Leeds School of Medicine changes learning culture with work-based iPhones. Apple Education Case studies. Retrieved January 6, 2013, from • JISC. (2011). Mobile Learning infokit / Home. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from • Joly, K. (2005). Duke University iPod first-year experience: So, was it worth it? | College Web Editor website. Retrieved August 19, 2011, from • McFayden, S. (2010). Scottish school becomes first in world where all lessons take place using computers - The Daily Record. Daily Record. Retrieved January 5, 2012, from • Nie, M., Armellini, A., Witthaus, G., & Barkland, K. (2010). Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning and INnovation Gains — University of Leicester. Leicester. Retrieved from • Payne, K. F., Wharrad, H., & Watts, K. (2012). Smartphone and medical related App use among medical students and junior doctors in the United Kingdom (UK): a regional survey. BMC medical informatics and decision making, 12(1), 121. doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-121 • The Paypers. Insights in payments. (2012). Retrieved January 3, 2013, from • Traxler, J. (2009). Current State of Mobile Learning. (M. Ally, Ed.)Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training, 5(2), 9–24. Retrieved from • Wiley, C. (2012). Twitter in the University Classroom: Live-Tweeting During Lectures | Educational Vignettes on Educational Vignettes. Retrieved January 10, 2013, from