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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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)
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2010 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition (read)
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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.
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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)

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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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Learning with ‘e’s posted about an inspiring young Mobile Technology Evangelist called Jessica Colaco (she’s also a Researcher, TED Global 2009 Fellow and one of the top 40 women in Kenya under 40) and the projects she’s been apart of in Kenya:

M-PESA (Pensa is Swahili for money) which enables users to exchange money without the need to either go to a bank or hold an account. Tangaza is a voice based transmission service – you can update your Facebook or Twitter status through voice recordings on your mobile phone. Several other recently created apps were also demonstrated, including fish tracking devices and other tools designed to help people gain information on the move about education, health and agriculture. M-Kulima for example, can enable farmers to store and retrieve information about milk sales prices and purchase dates, where previously they would have had to try to remember each transaction.

There is also M-Guide for tourists. Take a photo of an unfamiliar bird or animal in the game reserve and your mobile phone sends the picture to a server. The server sends back via SMS a description of the animal – there are some obvious educational applications to that one.
The last part of Steve’s post holds the most truth

because Africans have been largely passed over by the first few waves of technology, they are now only just beginning to be creative with their first computing device – their mobile phones – and therefore seeing opportunities to innovate which the Western industrialised nations cannot see.

I think Africans use mobile phones in the most creative ways because we don’t have readily available and cheap internet connections.

mymodernmet-com My Modern Metropolis is a social network and community blog where trend spotters gather to share today’s best modern day experiences. They focus on five main areas – art & design, photography, architecture, hotels and events.

And they posted an interesting article on Augmented Reality today.

The reason I find it so interesting is that about a month ago I attended the annual Unisa Library Symposium where the keynote speaker, Pieter Geldenhuys,  spoke about new cellular technologies that will land on South African shores soon. And one of the things he mentioned was AR – and here less than a month later I find that AR might be here faster than I though!

The post from MMM includes a few articles on AR and how it has hit the iPhone apps stores with an article from friendfeed and one from Gizmodo.

I also found quite a few videos on AR on YouTube that shows exactly how AR will revolutionise our phones! I like

I’m just at the very beginning of the adventure and torture that mobile learning and so I borrow ideas and links from experts in the field.

One such expert is Michelle Gallen from SearchFindLearn and she recently posted about her favorite tools for mobile learning and here they are in her own words:

1 Tweetie – fantastic for short bite-sized learning and gossip when your head’s frazzled at the airport.
2 Safari – it’s a proper mobile browsing experience.
3 Stanza – oh wow – over 25,000 free books for me to snuggle up in bed with!
4 BYKI French for language learnin – great for vocab but limited for grammar.
5 iXpenseit – a budget tracking app, which is helping me keep track of my spending and teaching me where I go wrong – excellent stuff (note that iXpenseit is limited, and I think there are better apps that have more capability for dealing with multiple bank accounts, your mortgage, loans etc)
6 iPod on iPhone – I’ve got over 5 hours of French and Irish language resources and audio books on my iPod – means I can learn on the go. I’ve also been using the lyrics feature for both listening and reading my Irish language learning.
7 Mail – this is one of the loser aspects of the iPhone – I can get my mail, but Apple’s Mail app is nothing like as useful or powerful as Gmail’s mail app for Symbian. I can’t search my archive, it uses up tonnes of data and is slow.
8 Google search – sometimes I want to know how to cook aubergine without leaving the cooker in the kitchen…google search + iPhone = instant knowledge while stirring a pot.
9 Google maps – bigger screen + good data plan = excellent journey planning and exploration. Also, I’m way more confident about wandering around more because I can’t get ‘lost’.
10 Calculator – I think people often take for granted the hard-working apps like the touchscreen calculator app on the iPhone – but it’s a fantastic tool – and is easy to use and access.

I def need to chech out Stanza!