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Charles Sturt University's Mobile Learning Project


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Another List!

So I came across another list of 24 benefits of mobile learning by Marcus Boyes. To summarise:

  1. Convenience and flexibility: access anywhere, at any time – at the exact moment learning is required.
  2. Relevance: learning to be ‘situated rather than simulated’
  3. Learner control: empowers learners to take the initiative and direct their own learning activities.
  4. Good use of ‘dead time’: while travelling or waiting for a meeting to start (the bathroom also seems popular!).
  5. Fits many different learning styles: reading  video, animation, listening to podcasts, contributing to discussions, researching on the internet, rating skills on a diagnostic, etc …
  6. Improves social learning: enable interaction between peers and tutors using mobile devices.
  7. Encourages reflection: the voice recorder on many mobile devices enables effortless and instantaneous recording of thoughts and opinions..
  8. Easy evidence collection: readily available for collecting portfolio evidence via audio, still or video camera.
  9. Supported decision making: access to information, which enables the quick double-checking of a decision
  10. Speedier remediation: mobile learning enables forgotten or mistakenly remembered information to be speedily accessed and redressed.
  11. Improved learner confidence: short nuggets of learning offered on mobile devices, accessed prior to meetings or beginning tasks, improves learners’ confidence in their skills.
  12. Easily digestible learning: the small screen minimises the amount of information that can be offered to a learner at any given time.
  13. Heightened engagement: quick-fire knowledge or mobile assessments/quizzes, in keeps learning fresh and at the forefront of learners’ minds.
  14. Better planning for face-to-face sessions: quick pre-assessments via mobile devices enable trainers to determine learners’ level of knowledge and plan their sessions accordingly.
  15. Great for induction: induction on mobile devices enables learning to be contextualised to the exact spot in a workplace it makes reference to.
  16. Elimination of technological barriers: the use of a learner’s own mobile device means they are already familiar with the technology, eliminating technological barriers to accessing learning.
  17. Designed once: delivered across multiple platforms
  18. Easily trackable: mobile learning can be designed to enable tracking data to be saved and then synchronised over wireless.
  19. Cost-effective build: mobile learning is cheaper than supplying laptops and other computing devices for e-learning.
  20. A means to recoup money: students can have free access to the learning and another paid-for version to recoup costs.
  21. Direct interaction with learning: touch screens and other more direct input devices removes a layer of interactivity
  22. Big data tracking: with the integrated connection of mobiles devices to the web, it opens up the possibility of tracking everything the user does, how they use the learning, what questions they got right and even their behaviours.
  23. Context sensitive learning: with GPS and the use of QR codes learning can become specific to a location
  24. The power of personalisation: by getting the user to do the learning on their own personal device they are more likely to engage with the learning. They are also more likely to do the learning in their own time, rather than at work.

There’s a lot in common with the last list – maybe time to compile our own!

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A new team in the new year!

Well the end of 2011 is almost here. Tomorrow afternoon the university shuts down for the holidays. It’s been a big year! A lot to look back on and we’re ending this year on a high note.

I welcomed our first new addition to the project team yesterday. Tyswan Slater joins us as a Graphic and Interface Designer and in the new year the rest of the team will join us – Roderick Haggith as the User Interface Developer and Jared Hilliers who will also work as a Graphic & Interface Designer.

It’s a big milestone for the project! It’s the start of the next stage and signals the start of our work towards mobilising the University.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s worked with the project and wish you the best over the holidays and into the new year!

See you in 2012!