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  1. Mobile Learning Learning in the Palm of Your Hand Dr. Steve Jones MTSU February, 2010

  2. What do these two people have in common?

  3. What’s Intriguing About mLearning? • Social media focus • Anytime, anywhere learning • Incorporates texting • Students can be resources

  4. Engagement mLearning • How learners (of any age) use new technologies to participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment upon one another's projects, and plan, design, advance, implement, or simply discuss their goals and ideas together.

  5. Discussion • How could social media be used in classes?

  6. Mobile learning: A perfect storm? Source: Ambient Insight, 2007

  7. How is it Different from eLearning? • Distilled-down version – learning “nuggets” • “Just enough” i.e. brief content • Always on • On demand (Just-in-time) learning • Facilitates learning during naturally occurring times

  8. Potential Applications • Performance support • Students in field settings • Students on the go • Multi-way, active learning

  9. Uses in Nursing Education • Quick access to current drug database and nursing reference books • The ability to access procedure information • Bedside data entry, • Data collection for research and teaching • Patient health management • Improved team communication Source: Davenport, 2004

  10. 2-Way Communication • Can add texting capability to an mLearning module • Can transmit images and other data

  11. Discussion • In addition to social networking, how could mLearning be used in some classes?

  12. Frame model of mLearning

  13. ACU Projects • ACU learning initiative • Faculty experiences • Research • Math Podcasts • Sample

  14. Sample Projectsfrom Hot Lava • Calculus II • Airline Safety Checklist • Dining Etiquette1 Projects link

  15. Mobile Learning Objects • Hot Lava donated software and server space • Proof-of-concept projects in Psy3020 (basic statistics), Psy4360 (Organizational Psychology) and PRST 5800/6800 • Training available on-line in D2L • Students create mLearning objects: http://hdwap.com/mtsu/s.html?p=pass&n=y Brittani (pg1) Patricia (pg3) Stubblefield(pg3) 2 tail tests

  16. Misc mLearning Samples • C-Shock: Culture game • ProChef: Cooking podcasts • Mayo Clinic InTouch: info for medical professionals • mynutrition.com: info for nutrition professionals • BonesInMotion: tracks fitness activities, tracks routes with Google Maps

  17. Authoring Systems for mLearning

  18. Allied Applications • Iflipr – makes flash cards for iphone • Mob – iForge – central site for development of mobile content (all phones) • Qik: share live video from your mobile phone\ • Twitter

  19. Research Indications • Main advantage the main advantage of m-learning is that it increases flexibility for students studying at a distance (Rekkedal, 2002) • mLearning has the potential to increase student retention (Fozdar & , Kuma2007)

  20. Resources • University Leaders: ACU, CTU, Open University, International Academy of Design and Technology • Experts: Judy Brown & David Metcalf (UCF) • Organizations: • LearningTown (mobile learning group) http://www.learningtown.com/ • The eLearning Guild http://www.elearningguild.com/ • International Association of Mobile Learning • mLearning Conferences: http://www.mlearning-conf.org/ • http://mlearnopedia.com/ • http://www.elearningguild.com/mLearning conference • Blog: handheldlearning

  21. Books & Journals • Instructional Design for M-Learning – David Metcalf • Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers – Kukulska & Traxler • Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training (eBook of studies from AU Press) – Editor: Mohamed Ally • Mobile Learning: on-line journal