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Archive for December, 2011
My parent JISC has released the final report on the state of ebooks regarding their potential within our sector.
The principal author is a favourite of mine, Liza Daly whos work on ebooks and the excellent Ibis Reader are worth checking out.
After listening to one of his podcasts at the weekend I contacted Craig Taylor to see if I could be on it. He kindly accepted and thus ensued a series of tangents around e-learning, how us FE/HE types and corporate folks converge (measuring success and ROI).
I super briefly met Craig earlier this year at the Plymouth e-learning Conference and via twitter/podcast felt like I knew him enough to cheekily ask to chew his ear off!
I suggest you subscribe to his podcast and stalk him on twitter.
Today I launched a new website The Right Year for Children, which is part of a year-long campaign to highlight children’s rights in England.
I was approached by the committee as I have previously worked with one of their members. The campaign involves a coalition of children’s charities (Save the Children, UNICEF, CRAE, Action for Children and many more) but they had no funding….so I agreed to the work for two reasons: firstly, donating my time and skills for a good cause is something I try to do at least once a year and secondly, at my day job we get 1 day per year to volunteer for a charitable cause.
So the challenge was to plan, design and build a site in one day which is the kind of mountain I enjoy climbing. Including talking with the campaign team, building the html/css and fighting with WordPress, I think the whole project came together nicely in the 1 day I was afforded. It is worth noting that the budget and time constraints meant that while a bunch of stuff wasn’t possible in the time we had, these restrictions also greatly helped speed the project up as it decided some aspects for us.
I have given myself the task earlier in the year to get to grips with WordPress and this project has helped me identity some sticking points with the CMS platform that I can tackle in the new year.
So I hope the site is well received and if I can find the time will try and make it responsive to mobile devices….
In my talk today at Bath Spa I set out to touch on key aspects of mobile learning, what is mobile learning and why we might be taking the time to care. Below are my supporting notes:
What is mobile learning
- If you read nothing else, the JISC Mobile Learning infokit is a great body of work to get you started
- It isn’t just about wheeling out devices, it is about seeking ways to enhance our teaching and learning by taking advantage of the opportunity and constraints
- Mobility of people with devices opens new doors
- Context is king
- There are 100s of devices (demo’ed 3 tablets) and there can be social pressure on students to get the devices everybody else has
- Mobile learning is leading to transformation in the classroom AND institutions are having to address this. Many institutions are are starting to address this with steering groups, research and initiatives such as “mobile clinics“.
Why Mobile learning?
- Mobile learning isn’t one thing but many different interwoven ideas and approached. The ‘Visitors & Residents’ principle is worth knowing about
- According to the Horizon Report 2011 (and watching students/staff on site) mobile is upon us.
- The HEA have a great collection of case studies from across the sector in Making mobile learning work: case studies of practice
- The web has matured and works well across platforms, the ibis reader for ebooks is one such example
- Book/free online – Weller, M (2011), The Digital Scholar, Bloomsbury Academic – chapter 14
- Ewan McIntosh blog posts tagged ‘mobile’
- LukeW has written extensively about designing for mobile first.
- JISC Mobile Learning programmes and activity