mobile learning


The folks over at EduCause has published another publication in their 7 Things You Should Know … series. This time it is about mobile apps used for learning and like all the other publications in the series the go through :

  1. What is it?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Who’s doing it?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and
    learning?
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Over at the Speak Quietly blogs there is a really useful post called Online Tools Your Library Needs Now & Why.

It talks about different technologies that libraries can use to connect better to their users and gives helpful stats and implementation examples. Some of the technologies may be “old” but they can still be useful and fun to try!

  1. Text a librarian
  2. Facebook
  3. YouTube
  4. iPhone App
  5. Meebo
  6. Blogger
  7. Flickr
  8. Twitter

It’s a really useful and practical post.

Need to know more about Mobile IT? Then read this EduCause report on the 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile IT.

Here are the important bits:

1. What is it?

Mobile IT both reflects and drives the convergence of applications and functionality on smaller and smaller devices. The notion of mobile IT is also tied to issues such as cloud computing and federated identity, which help enable secure access to IT tools and resources from remote locations and multiple devices.

2. How does it work?

Mobile devices use cellular networks, Wi-Fi, or both, and many have touch-screen interfaces. Operating systems vary, and support for software such as Java and Flash is mixed. Just as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all device, so too do current and emerging examples of mobile applications span a wide range.

Mobile applications can be built using device-specific toolkits, often resulting in more functionality, but applications that use browser software work on a wider range of mobile devices.

3. Who is doing it?

College and universities offer many types of information and services online, and many are good candidates for mobile IT. Aside from numerous academic uses, institutions have undertaken initiatives in areas of administration, library services, and campus life. Having a single point of convergence for these several channels of communication presents an opportunity for institutions to integrate messaging services, including emergency  notifications.

4. Why is it significant?

Ownership of cell phones is approaching ubiquity, with growing numbers of smartphones and sophisticated mobile devices. Because mobile IT is fast becoming a part of some professional practices, an institutional choice not to pursue mobility is increasingly untenable. Student expectations for mobility are rising, and mobile IT efforts are an important part of keeping an institution’s online services competitive.

5. What are the downsides?

Converting to mobile IT is
not simply a process of miniaturization, and many institutional IT staffs lack expertise in redesigning websites or applications for a mobile context. As a result, although many institutions are dipping their toes into the waters of mobile IT, best practices don’t exist to serve as a guide.

6. Where is it going?

Colleges and universities will continue to convert applications and services to mobile formats, generally at a cautious pace. Vendors will increasingly offer their products and services in mobile formats. Institutions will seek to understand how to integrate mobile IT effectively into campus culture, and development is likely to accelerate around location-based mobile IT services and the capabilities of touch interfaces.

7. What are the implications for Higher Education?

Given that mobile IT is working its way into many professional activities, colleges and universities have a responsibility to develop learning environments that model those kinds of practices. Mobile IT can develop into a specialized field of study, and some institutions already offer courses on development of mobile applications.

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HighWire released the E-Book survey 2010 this week and while some of the findings are not entirely new (simplicity and ease of use are ebook features that are valued by librarians, over and above more sophisticated end‐user features) it really includes some interesting stuff.
Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Traditional sources of book discovery continue to be important for ebooks as well. Librarians find and learn about ebooks from book vendors and by inclusion in content bundles. They believe that users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines.
  • Participants indicated that users prefer ebooks in PDF format, but as one participant stated, format preference will change as technology changes.
  • Digital rights management is the single most important factor that hinders ebook use for library patrons.
  • Purchase with perpetual access is the most acceptable business model for ebooks, with 83% of participants indicating that this model is very acceptable. However, significant numbers of participants indicated that other very different models are also acceptable.
Survey responses indicate that librarians learn about ebooks in a variety of ways, but that actions by publishers and book vendors are very important in the process. Book vendors and inclusion in content packages were most frequently marked as very significant methods for learning about ebooks. However, these methods were also frequently marked as significant or very significant: request from patron (54), colleagues (57), reference in the research literature (56), inclusion in content package (74), book vendor (77), and publisher marketing material (68).
Users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines
It really is worth reading!

Eric Morrow, founder of Maendeleo Foundation in Kampala and Seattle is a true hero, and here’s why:

Using three solar panels, a battery, ten folding chairs, five tables, fifteen Intel-powered Classmate PCs and two teachers in a small van his foundation sets up Mobile Solar Computer Classrooms (MSCC). It’s been in operation in rural Uganda for two years now and has the purpose of teaching pupils and teachers IT and computer skills.

Here is what the eLearning Africa blog says about Eric’s MSCC:

A new MSCC is already touring through Uganda. Using funds from the grant Maendeleo recently received from Intel’s Inspire-Empower challenge, the Foundation was able to put together a second MSCC that will serve rural areas in the same way as the original MSCC. With the grant, they have also been able to upgrade the original MSCC that they had (to run with fifteen computers). They are now also in the process of buying land and building an Advanced Training Centre, where they intend to give further individual training during school breaks to students who show potential and interest in working in the ICT industry.

You can also watch YouTube videos about the Maendeleo project.

I love the iLibrarian as she always posts very useful stuff. Like this morning’s post 10 Great Tools to Create a Mobile Web Version of Your Site:

Tom Walker at Spyre Studios reviews 10 Great Tools to Create a Mobile Version of Your Site. Each entry in the list includes a screenshot and features discussion. If you’re considering creating a mobile site for your organization you’ll want to check out this list as well as the suggestions in the comments.

Some of Tom’s suggestions are subscription based, but most are free to use. And the comments section has some great suggestions as well.

The European MOTILL Project has produced a searchable database of some 50 papers on Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning. Each paper has been given an expert review and the database contains a summary and critique of each paper, as well as comments on its lifelong learning context, technology, and implications for policy makers.

The database can be searched by tags, including type of learner, learning context, and learning approach.

The database is available at www.motill.eu

Here is a list of some of the articles available:

The European MOTILL Project has produced a searchable database of some 50 papers on Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning. Each paper has been given an expert review and the database contains a summary and critique of each paper, as well as comments on its lifelong learning context, technology, and implications for policy makers. (read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 02/14/10 23:08:33

image Edited by: Giasemi Vavoula, Norbert Pachler, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Published by Peter Lang (Oxford). Mobile learning is an emerging field with a developing research agenda and many questions surrounding the suitability of traditional research methods to investigate and evaluate the new learning experiences associated with mobility and support for increasingly informal learning. (read

Twenty-three mLearning researchers and practitioners from around Australia attended a 2-day mLearning Research Workshop 25-26 November 2009 held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)… (read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 01/20/10 23:43:39
posted by Rune Baggetun on 08/24/09 10:00:16
2010 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition (read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 01/10/10 20:09:29
Mobile Learning, a Retrospective Outlook: Since its inauguration in 2005, the IADIS Mobile Learning conference series has provided a forum to present, discuss and promote international mobile learning research.
(read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 12/20/09 13:22:17
The HCTD Research Centre is hosting a free Mobile Learning Research Workshop 25-26th November 2009 at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. (read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 11/24/09 20:02:41
There is a 20% discount (£75) at the Handheld Learning conference (http://www.handheldlearning2009.com) to be held in London from 5th-7th October, for IAmLearn members who register online and pay before September 14th. The discount code can be found in the Members area of the IAmLearn website. Registration for Handheld Learning is at http://bit.ly/18mx1H (read)
posted by Rune Baggetun on 08/31/09 23:12:00
Au Press has recently published “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education & Training” edited by Mohamed Ally.An online version of this book is available for free. (read)

QR Codes are not new – a few of the South African libraries have used them in their marketing campaigns for a year or two now and although I’ve always thought they have major potential in South Africa (and especially at an ODL institution) I’ve never had the time to really investigate them.

Now it seems I might not have to as David Hopkins from the eLearning Blog: Don’t waste your time is looking into QR Codes and will write posts about it!

In the meantime, here is what QR codes are all about:

Introduction to QR Codes

QR Codes and Mobile Phones

Digitizd listed 15 Must-have-web applications for college students, and though they posted it a while back I was made aware of the list by The Centered Librarian, and I agree that the list is well worth reposting.
So here are the 15 web applications that college students must have:

Posti.ca – Students who love sticky notes will also love Posti.ca. It can be used to create and place digital notes around the web that can be accessed from any computer. Sticky notes can also be sent via Twitter and iGoogle and may be shared with anyone–even people who do not have a Posti.ca account.

Adobe Buzzword – Buzzword is a word processor that works in a web browser instead of on your desktop. This Adobe beta site can be used to create documents, collaborate with others, and track changes from anywhere.

Creative Pro Office – Creative Pro Office is a free suite of web-based office management tools. Features include an office dashboard, project manager, time tracker, calendar, and expense tracking. Creative Pro Office was designed for independent professionals and small tech teams, but it would useful to any student who wants to boost productivity.

Whiteboard – With this free web app, students can collaborate on documents from anywhere and view changes in a snap. Whiteboard allows users write, collaborate, and compare in real time without fear of losing information.

Bubbl.us – This free web app allows students to turn ideas into color-coded mind maps. Bubble.us is the perfect tool for brainstorming with visual aids.

PromoOnline – PromoOnline is a free way to create PDF documents without having to install software. With a few simple steps, you can create a PDF version of any file.

BibMe – BibMe is a free bibliography maker for students who want to create a fast bibliography or works cited page in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian format. You can enter the required information in yourself or use the search feature to find books, articles, websites, or films.

ThinkFold – Students needing an easy way to work on group projects may find what they need in ThinkFold. This free web-based tool allows users to create documents, add images, and make changes–all in real time.

Awesome Highlighter – AwesomeHighlighter takes some of the confusion out of online research by allowing students to highlight the important parts of a web page and transform it into a less wieldy link.

FlashcardExchange – Easily the world’s largest online flashcard library, FlashcardExchange can be used to create and study flashcards online. Students who don’t have time to create their own flashcards can use ready-made cards created by other people.

Mindpicnic – Using Mindpicnic is like using learning software without the download. Visitors can choose from a wide range of Mindpicnic courses and begin learning as soon as they sign up for a free account.

NoteMesh – Created by students, NoteMesh in a free online service for university students who want to collaborate on a set of notes for a particular class. NoteMesh creates an easy-to-use wiki that can be updated by anyone in the group.

CollegeRuled – CollegeRuled can be used to create a color-coded class schedule, classroom message boards, to-do lists, and much more. Schedules can be linked to from a Facebook profile and accessed from any computer.

NetVibes – Netvibes is a handy app that brings all of your favorite blogs, email accounts, social networks, video providers, and more to one place–great for students who visit the same sites each day.

Walletproof – The beta version of Walletproof is a great online tool for students who need help with their finances. It can be used to set budgets and track expenses. Walletproof will also make budget recommendations and help you find money saving deals shared by other users.

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My apologies for not posting the Best of eLearning Learning last week – I do have a good excuse though… we’ve moved into our new house last week and I’ve been busy unpacking boxes!

But here is Tony Karrer’s list , it’s a bit different as this is the Best of the month of OCTOBER. I’ve mentioned some before in earlier post so I’m simply hosting Tony’s list here. I’ve also added Jane Hartman’s list of best sites she’s discovered.

Best of eLearning Learning

Featured Sources

The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

  1. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and IdeasKapp Notes, October 16, 2009
  2. Learner Personas for eLearningThe eLearning Coach, October 5, 2009
  3. Rapid Learning Management SystemseLearning Technology, October 20, 2009
  4. Twitter for learningSticky Learning, October 25, 2009
  5. The Standalone LMS is Deadtrainingwreck, October 24, 2009
  6. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009
  7. User Interface Design For eLearning – UpdatedThe eLearning Coach, October 25, 2009
  8. eLearning Portal IntegrationeLearning Technology, October 13, 2009
  9. The Semantic Web comethUpside Learning Blog, October 4, 2009
  10. 6 talks that every presenter or trainer can learn fromFree as in Freedom, October 28, 2009
  11. Moodle is now certified SCORM 1.2 compliantThe E-Learning Curve, October 23, 2009
  12. Presentation: A Pocket University (or iTunesU at Oxford University)Dont Waste Your Time, October 8, 2009
  13. Presentation Backchannel MultitaskingeLearning Technology, October 29, 2009
  14. Top 8 Reasons Why Training Providers Are Adopting eLearningUpside Learning Blog, October 29, 2009
  15. Video Games, Education and Entertainment StatisticsKapp Notes, October 5, 2009
  16. iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)Electronic Papyrus, October 6, 2009
  17. Instructional design – pah, who needs it?Spicy Learning, October 2, 2009
  18. Power of informal learning in developing managersInformal Learning, October 20, 2009
  19. E-learning on a shoestringClive on Learning, October 26, 2009
  20. Articulate Interaction – How to Navigate an Articulate Based CourseDiscovery Through eLearning, October 22, 2009
  21. Customer Competencies, Co-Creation, and Brand CommunitiesSkilful Minds, October 20, 2009
  22. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not ToolLearning Technology Learning, October 16, 2009
  23. Game-Based Learning Impacts Youth Behavior/AttitudesWeb Courseworks, October 15, 2009
  24. Mentoring vs. Training — Why Social Networking Isn’t EnoughaLearning, October 13, 2009
  25. The Power of X – Experiential Learning in Today’s WorldPerformance Learning Productivity, October 7, 2009
  26. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!Leveraging Learning, October 6, 2009
  27. Scenario Based LearningSpeak Out, October 4, 2009
  28. Whose learning are you responsible for?Internet Time, October 12, 2009
  29. Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning ScenariosLearning Visions, October 30, 2009
  30. 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based LearningBlender – Training Solutions, October 16, 2009
  31. CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?Ignatia Webs, October 9, 2009
  32. Social Media and Records RetentionEngaged Learning, October 6, 2009
  33. There’s nothing rapid about Rapid eLearningGetting Down to Business, October 5, 2009
  34. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – VideoMinuteBio, October 2, 2009
  35. Design Consulting Tool: Empowering Leaders So You Can Create Effective DesignDesigning Impact, October 28, 2009
  36. The Land That Never Was…Or Is It?Off Course-On Target, October 28, 2009
  37. LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with TechnologyLiving in Learning, October 27, 2009
  38. pcLearning4U is Open for BusinessCourseware Development, October 23, 2009
  39. 30-Minute TrainingTake an e-Learning Break, October 21, 2009
  40. Language that homogenizes creates losersAdventures in Corporate Education, October 20, 2009
  41. 5 Reasons Why You are Not Being PromotedLearn and Lead, October 19, 2009
  42. Guest post: “What’s New in Human Trafficking”Business Casual, October 12, 2009
  43. Computer-based Games in Classrooms: Leveraging the InstructorVikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , October 9, 2009
  44. The danger of a simple storySimply Speaking, October 9, 2009
  45. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009
  46. Adapt your course management system to fit your instructionWISE Pedagogy, October 7, 2009
  47. Is The Whole World Dumbing Down?Blogger in Middle-earth, October 6, 2009
  48. A mobile future for communications and learningLars is Learning, October 5, 2009
  49. The Importance of Reflective PracticesDesigned for Learning, October 4, 2009
  50. Drop-By-Learning (DBL)ZaidLearn, October 27, 2009

Other Sources

The following are the top items based on social signals.

  1. How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of, October 13, 2009
  2. How I create and publish podcasts » Moving at the Speed of Creativity, October 26, 2009
  3. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
  4. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
  5. Increased complexity needs simplified design, October 5, 2009
  6. 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses, October 6, 2009
  7. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009
  8. Intro to social learning environments: a social learning resource, October 17, 2009
  9. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
  10. How to steer your client away from an information dump, October 13, 2009
  11. These PowerPoint Experts Can Make You a Star, October 20, 2009
  12. Why You Shouldn’t Use PowerPoints in (Most) Online Courses, October 26, 2009
  13. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
  14. The Future of the Training Department, October 21, 2009
  15. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
  16. The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore, October 27, 2009
  17. Defining the ‘e’ in e-learning, October 15, 2009
  18. Do learners really need learning objectives?, October 2, 2009
  19. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
  20. PKM: our part of the social learning contract, October 15, 2009

Hot Topics

Google Wave (21)

  1. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
  2. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
  3. Google Wave Invitations Available, October 13, 2009
  4. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – Video, October 2, 2009

Twitter (137)

  1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
  2. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009
  3. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!, October 6, 2009
  4. Twitter for learning, October 25, 2009

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Best of Jane Hartman

If you don’t have Jane Hartman‘s blog Jane’s E-learning Pick of the Day bookmarked, you are missing out on some great links. Jane blogs primarily about e-learning and she always has something of value to share.

Here is her pick of the sites she’s bookmarked this week (as always my comments are in italics):

  1. Become a PowerPoint Power User this post gives some advance tips on using PP such as using more than one guide; Building Presentations for Distribution to Others; Scrolling Credits; Create a New Design Template and Jumping to Screens

    More PowerPoint articles here

  2. Comprehensive List of Free Online Classes and Online CoursesOpenCourseWare Consortium is an innovative and comprehensive database of free online courses from elite colleges like Yale, Stanford, and MIT. It looks really worthwhile
    More online courses and resources here
  3. 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom – Unisa recently opened up a Facebook account and this would be a great post for the powers that be to read as they offer great tips
    More Facebook articles here
  4. Beyond Google – Improve Your Search Results – this post from Free Technology for Teachers gives 15 great tips to improve searching while in google
    More Google Wave articles here
  5. Corporate Culture, Not Technology, Drives Online CollaborationCorporate culture can make or break a project (and an employee for that matter) Web Worker Daily explains some integral elements of a collaborative corporate culture
    More social media strategy articles here

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