Mobile Learning Learning in the Palm of Your Hand Dr. Steve Jones MTSU February, 2010
What’s Intriguing About mLearning? • Social media focus • Anytime, anywhere learning • Incorporates texting • Students can be resources
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.
Discussion • How could social media be used in classes?
Mobile learning: A perfect storm? Source: Ambient Insight, 2007
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
Potential Applications • Performance support • Students in field settings • Students on the go • Multi-way, active learning
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
2-Way Communication • Can add texting capability to an mLearning module • Can transmit images and other data
Discussion • In addition to social networking, how could mLearning be used in some classes?
ACU Projects • ACU learning initiative • Faculty experiences • Research • Math Podcasts • Sample
Sample Projectsfrom Hot Lava • Calculus II • Airline Safety Checklist • Dining Etiquette1 Projects link
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
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
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
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)
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
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