mLearning at the Dublin eLearning Summer School 2015

Today is day 2 of the three day Dublin eLearning Summer School (#elss15), which is facilitated each year by the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre at the Dublin Institute of Technology. More information on the Summer School can be found on our site here. We had a great day yesterday with approximately 50 attendees who come from very varied backgrounds (ITs, Universities, private industry, Education and Training Boards etc.) and the discussions so far have been very interesting and lively, and #elss15 was trending on Twitter! The sessions are being streamed and you can join us online at http://goo.gl/upo9w4.

Tomorrow at 11am, a sample of some of the really innovative mobile learning projects that are active in DIT and DCU at the moment will be up for discussion. These include using Socrative for both summative and formative assesment; apps used to help flip lectures; mirroring an iPad to a laptop so that content on the iPad can be displayed via an overhead projector; building apps for free; promotion of apps amongst students that support their academic journey; and using Kaizena to provide student feedback. Thanks for Aidan Meade, Colin Freeman, Trevor Boland, Nevan Bermingham and Pip Ferguson for getting involved. I’m looking forward to it!

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Introductory workshop

It can be hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time, but 12 of the project participants managed to meet up last Tuesday for the introductory workshop to the Mobile Learning Project 2015. I’m in the process of trying to find a suitable time to meet up with the remaining 6 so that they can catch up.

We used a range of  mobile technologies during the workshop itself. For example, I was operating my slides on my iPad as I walked around the room. My iPad was connected to my laptop wirelessly, which was, in turn, connected to the projector. Using the app ‘Explain Everything‘ I could doodle on my slides as I talked, and hand my iPad to the participants to encourage them to engage with various activities. We also used ‘Socrative‘ to answer questions and provide opinions via polls, as well as ‘Plickers‘ which is another very neat app for collecting such data and which does not rely on your students having their own devices. We had been using the communication app Bonfyre as a group over the week preceding the workshop and had been chatting there about mobile learning etc. We hope to continue using Bonfyre over the course of the project to keep in touch and build a small virtual learning community. That’ll really help over the summer months and between our monthly meetings in the next semester.

We also discussed the variety of different mlearning projects that the group could think about exploring – everything from using mobile technologies to present content, create content, communicate, collaborate, assess learning (assess ‘of’, ‘for’ and ‘as’ learning), and give feedback.

Over the next few days, the participants will be making decisions around how they might integrate mobile technologies into their own learning, teaching and/or assessment practices. Once they have made their decisions and set up their work logs or blogs, I’ll link those from their names on the projects page of this site. By the end of May they will be posting further details of their projects in the form of a short proposal which will flesh out their projects a bit more ready for implementation in September. So, keep watching this space…

 

And we’re off!

16 DIT staff members have signed up this year for the Mobile Learning Project, which is brilliant. This is the third iteration of the project and it has grown in size year on year. I have just emailed the group to remind them that the introductory two-hour workshop is next Tuesday April 28th and explained that during that interactive workshop we’ll discuss mobile learning, try out a few apps such as Socrative, Plickers, Blackboard Learn, and Animoto, and explore the different types of projects that they could undertake.

We’ll be using Bonfyre to keep in touch from now until December and I’ll be send them out an invite to join our Bonfyre later today. I also want to use it to showcase how apps/social media can be used to increase communication with students, and help build a community of learners. Bonfyre is a phone app specifically (although I have used it successfully on a tablet) and if you’d like a little more information on it click here.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what ideas the group come up with this year. Once they have finalised those ideas, I’ll put that information up on this site. Keep watching this space!

New beginnings

It’s that time of the year again and we are starting to think about the Mobile Learning Project 2015! We’ve changed the application process a little this year – you don’t have to have any ideas about how you might integrate mobile technologies into your teaching, learning and assessment practices to get involved but just know that you’d like to try it out. Everybody who registers for the project must attend the workshop in Tuesday April 28th from 10am-12noon and there you will be introduced to mLearning and the benefits mobile technologies have to offer when integrated effectively into teaching, learning and/or assessment practices; be exposed to a range of ways that mobile technologies can be integrated seamlessly into a range of classroom activities; and presented with ideas as to what you could do in your own practice e.g. use mobile technologies to conduct some formative assessment, encourage student collaboration and/or communication, or utilise them to create interactive presentations for example.

So, keep an eye on this space. The official call for participation will go out by all staff email in the coming weeks. The LTTC have a number of devices on hand so if you do not have an iPad or Android tablet you can request to borrow one from us, and these will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The project runs for semester 1 only.

We look forward to working with you!