Unfamiliarity with the technology is the main reason given by academic staff for not incorporating mobile technologies into their teaching and learning practices. With this Mobile Learning Project, the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre (LTTC) at the Dublin Institute of Technology aims to support DIT staff who want to experiment with tablets and smart phones in this way and would like to do so within the structure of a pedagogically and technologically supported project. There are also a small number of tablets available to staff to borrow for the duration of the project if they do not have their own to work with.
This blog provides information and support for the Mobile Learning Project. Here you will find ongoing updates, ideas, suggestions and links about the use of mobile devices for enhancing learning and teaching, that is, Mobile learning or mLearning.
We are adopting the definition of mobile learning from the Mobile learning network (MoLeNet) which states that Mobile learning is :
“the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.”
So, we are interested in the technologies that enable the mobility of the user and device as well as the learning facilitated or afforded by using the mobile devices.
The Mobile Learning Project is being managed by Dr. Frances Boylan of the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre (LTTC) at DIT. Frances graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons) and taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake a MEd, specialising in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. She subsequently pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield UK. Frances works currently in the area of eLearning Development with the LTTC where she provides leadership and support to lecturers as they engage with technology enhanced learning practices. She is also involved in the MSc in Applied eLearning supervising student research, as well as co-ordinating and lecturing on other accredited Continuing Professional Development courses offered by the centre. She is a member of DIT’s Research Ethics Committee, and she reviews articles for the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, the Electronic Journal of eLearning, the International Journal of Educational Management, and Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Frances is also a member of the National Panel of Teaching Practice Tutors with Waterford Institute of Technology.