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It’s a Busy Time for Mobile Learning, but a Good Time…


It’s been a very busy year for mobile learning, and I haven’t really had the time to write much about it. So, long overdue, here is a sampling of some of the many recent activities:

Following the Mobile Learning o9 Conference in Washington DC, I virtually participated in the 3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium at the end of March (some references to the symposium are here; the book of abstracts can be found here (our papers on the GeoHistorian project and mobile math are on pp. 63-68).

About two weeks later I did meet some of the Symposium’s organizers, as I served as the discussant on their forum session at AERA in San Diego, entitled “Symposium proposal entitled “Outside in and inside out: interdisciplinarity and mobile learning research”. Presentations included:

The presentations were followed by some lively discussion, as evidenced by the fact that most attendees in the audience stayed for an extra 30 minutes. For me, the forum was one of the highlights of this year’s AERA.

Today, I just finished participating in Tony Vincent’s uStream.tv session (archive video is here), sponsored by ISTE’s SIGHC. The hourlong session, attended by roughly 65 participants from all over the US and Canada, went virtually without a glitch, and attendees were very pleased with the content and the level of participation that uStream.tv allows, with live video broadcasting, chat, a twitter stream, and the possibility for members of the audience to discuss and ask questions “on the air”. I think we’ll see more of these sessions in the near future. Of course, Tony did a stellar job on his presentation! He blogs at http://learninginhand.com/blog/ and there are quite a few recent posts on the iPod Touch.

And speaking of blogs, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris recently launched a blog called Tech Disruptions, hosted by District Administration. They “address topical issues that arise as technology continues in its inexorable way to engender changes in K12. Here is your opportunity to express opinions about the changes that technology has wrought.” More about Elliot and Cathie’s work in the area of mobile learning can be seen in this video by the Mobile Learning Institute.

Two new publications of note are a 320-page book entitled “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” edited by Mohamed Ally and published by Athabasca University is available for sale or as a free PDF download. (Click on eBook for the PDF download.); the second one is a new issue (Vol. 3, No. 2 (2009)) of the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), providing us with a broad range of papers that are prefaced by John Traxler’s “Mobile Learning – A Snapshot of 2008”, in which he states that “Mobile learning has gained greater clarity about the significant issues and a more sharply defined research agenda” (p. 4).

Finally, I’m gearing up for NECC, where SIGHC will be renamed SIGML (Mobile Learning) and host a forum at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC (the forum is sold out already). Handheld Learning 2009  (keep an eye open for the research strand) in London and mlearn 2009 in Florida are not too far off either.


Never a dull moment …

Image Credit: “analogue-clock” from Mark Birkbeck’s photostream:

3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium: Mobile Learning Cultures across Education, Work and Leisure

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Via Norbert Pachler. I contributed to this workshop last year even though I wasn’t able to attend. Should be well worth it again.

The Centre for Work-based Learning and Education (WLE), at the Institute of Education, London, in conjunction with the London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG), will hold the
3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium: Mobile Learning Cultures across Education, Work and Leisure
on 27 March 2009 at the WLE Centre, IOE London, UK.
The symposium aims to address different audiences, with a focus on education professionals and practitioners from school, further, higher and adult education as well as clinical settings, work and leisure. It will focus on mobile learning theory and practice in education, work and leisure and will address the following themes: „Learning across contexts“, „Cultural approaches to mobile learning“ and „Status quo, visions and conjectures“. Interdisciplinary approaches and thematic crossovers, both in theory and practice, are particularly welcome. Work in progress and international contributions are encouraged.
Registration for the symposium is free but numbers are limited. Priority will be given to authors of accepted abstracts.
Important dates:
–      1 October 2008: First call for expressions of interest and extended abstracts.
–      3 November 2008: Second call for expressions of interest and extended abstracts.
–      30 January 2009 – 27 February 2009: Registration.
Further dates and detailed information about the Symposium is available in the attached flyer as well as on the symposium website at http://symposium.londonmobilelearning.net.
Dr. Norbert Pachler (WLE Centre, IOE London, UK)
Judith Seipold M.A. (University of Kassel, Germany / Associate at the WLE Centre, IOE London, UK)
Dr. Giasemi Vavoula (Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK)
Prof. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK)

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