Friday, May 20, 2016

IAmLearn Newsletter - 2016 Supplemental - Summer mLearning Vodcast Series

Teaching & Learning with Mobile Technologies Summer Vodcast Series

IAmLearn's Dr. Rob Power chats with experts from the International Association for Mobile Learning in this series of live (15-20 minutes each) vodcasts covering topics about Teaching & Learning with Mobile Technologies. Feel free to tune in for the live broadcasts at the dates and times listed, or view the recordings anytime afterwards. Pre-registration is not required.

Refer to for the latest vodcast schedules, times, and links.

Deploying Mobile Technologies in Education

In this vodcast, Rob chats with IAmLearn founding director, and Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) member Dr. Mohamed Ally about the arguments for and against integrating mobile technologies in formal education, and key considerations when implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Live Vodcast Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 15:00 EDT

Defining mLearning

In this vodcast, Rob chats with IAmLearn president Dr. Aga Palalas to discuss the difficulties in defining what exactly mobile learning is, why mobile technologies are important in teaching and learning, and the role of IAmLearn.

Live Vodcast Date: Tuesday, June 21, 11:00 EDT

Future Trends in Mobile Learning

In this vodcast, Rob chats with former IAmLearn president Dr. Marcus Specht about the future of mobile learning, including the increasing roles of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, and wearable technologies.

Live Vodcast Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 03:00 EDT

Scalability and Sustainability in Mobile Learning

In this vodcast, Rob chats with IAmLearn vice-president John Traxler, the "world's first professor of mobile learning," about scalability and sustainability with mobile learning projects, and their implications for teachers and educational institutions.

Live Vodcast Date: Monday, July 11, 2016, 14:00 EDT

Mobile Technologies and STEM

In this vodcast, Rob chats with Dr. Mike Sharples of the Open University of the UK about the use of mobile technologies to facilitate STEM education, and scientific inquiry using the Sense-it app.

Live Vodcast Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 14:00 EDT

Teacher Preparation and Pedagogical Approaches to Mobile Learning

​In this vodcast, Rob chats with IAmLearn members and Ohio State University researchers Dr. Dean Cristol and Dr. Belinda Gimbert about the challenges in preparing teachers to integrate mobile technologies in teaching and learning practice, and their work investigating pedagogical approaches to mLearning.

Live Vodcast Date: Monday, July 18, 11:00 EDT

User Interface Considerations for Mobile Learning

In this vodcast, Rob chats with Geoff Stead, Director of Digital and New Product Development at Cambridge English, about user interface and accessibility considerations for mobile learning instructional design and resource development.

Live Vodcast Date: Friday, July 22, 2016, 14:00 EDT

Mobile Assisted Language Learning

In this vodcast, Rob chats with former IAmLearn president and Open University of the UK researcher Dr. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme about how mobile learning strategies and mobile applications can be used to help with language learning.

Live Vodcast Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 14:00 EDT

Download Summer Vodcast Series Poster (.pdf)

Monday, May 2, 2016

IAmLearn Newsletter - 2016 - 2

Special Edition - Meet the Team!

As part of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)'s efforts to increase engagement and keep members up-to-date on what's happening in the world of mobile learning research and practice, the IAmLearn Communications Committee engages a team of student contributors. We've just finalized arrangements with three team members from different regions to act as content contributors for the next year. They'll be collecting information and preparing pieces to post in our quarterly newsletters, and via our social media channels.

This supplementary edition of the IAmLearn Newsletter is being published to introduce the team members, and to let you know how you can contribute, as well. Also in this special edition, we have two reports for IAmLearn Secretary Dr. Jocelyn Wishart on mobile learning events that she has recently participated in.


Meet the Team Members
  • Executive Committee Members
  • Nicole (Nikki) Berezin
  • Song Yulin
  • Maria Aristeidou
In the News
  • IAmLearn at UNESCO MLW 2016
  • IADIS 2016
Getting Involved

Meet the Team Members

 Executive Committee Members

Aga Palalas:
Rob Power:
IAmLearn's communications efforts are being spearheaded by Association President Dr. Aga Palalas and Communications Officer / Member-at-Large Dr. Rob Power. You can always reach out to either of us with questions, comments, or newsletter story ideas.


Nicole (Nikki) Berezin

Nicole Berezin brings unquenchable curiosity and tenacity to collaborative teams in her work as an Instructional Designer. She spent the first 14 years of her career as a Job Coach and Training and Development Manager in companies supporting people with disabilities.  After facilitating far too many classes as a transmission focused talking head, she returned to school and dove into the digital ocean and is learning something new everyday.  Her experiences as a trainee, trainer and information consumer drive her to join teams that create innovative and interactive learning solutions.  She is currently working with Mathematics Faculty to build design skills and capacity into their subject expertise at Santa Fe Community College.  Nicole can be found anytime, anywhere on just about any device, exploring learning and evaluation within blended learning systems.  She is tapping skills she built during an amazing opportunity to work on a transnational team , Ghana, Canada, US to assist a Ghanaian University in creating a blended Physician Assistant Program. Her current goal involves collaborating on and creating an innovative, culturally responsive assessment tool to capture “ a snapshot”  and measurement of the learning that occurs in the systems we build.

You can reach Nicole at


Song Yulin

Mrs. Song Yulin is an associate professor, head of English Department of International Law in College of Foreign Studies, Liaoning University, China, giving English courses to undergraduate English majors. Her research interests are mobile learning, especially mobile assisted language learning, mobile learning and intercultural communication. She has great interests of exploring mobile learning via social media in foreign language learning and intercultural communication. From September 2014 to September 2015, she was an academic visitor in University of Wolverhampton, UK, hosted by Professor John Traxler, doing research on mobile learning and intercultural communication. She is happy to work for the International Association for Mobile Learning and glad to help to link mobile learning in China to the world.

You can reach Song at


Maria Aristeidou

Maria Aristeidou is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Educational Technology of The Open University in the UK. Her main research interest focuses on the design and evaluation of engaging web-based and mobile learning technologies. In her doctoral research Maria concentrated on the engagement of citizens in online communities of scientific inquiries. She explored how to design, create and maintain online communities, how to monitor and enhance the participation within the community, and how to support informal science learning through web-based platforms and mobile applications.  Prior to joining The Open University, Maria obtained an MSc in Technology Education and Digital Systems and a BA in Education Science and Primary Education. Maria has been active in European and International associations and conferences for Technology-Enhanced Learning and she is excited to be able to contribute her expertise to the International Association for Mobile Learning.

You can reach Maria at


In the News

Dr. Jocelyn Wishart
IAmLearn's Executive Committee Secretary, Dr. Jocelyn Wishart, recently participated in the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week and the IADIS 2016 mobile learning, and shares her reflections on these events. 

IAmLearn at UNESCO MLW 2016

UNESCO World Headquarters in Paris, France
I was invited to represent IAmLearn at a plenary debate on ‘improving pedagogy and the relevance of mobile learning’ at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2016 in Paris. The week itself opened with an international  webinar set up to debate the extent to which mobile technology can facilitate learning & strengthen the quality of education. Kicked off by IAmLearn founder Mike Sharples with examples of large scale mobile learning projects such as English in Action; the debate included presentations from over 20 other experts presenting from across the globe and including IAmLearn member Shawn Gross. You can watch the debate at and read the associated conversations on Twitter under #EFF17. Following the webinar I travelled to Paris where the UNESCO building is sited almost next to the Eiffel tower.  Details of mobile learning week itself are at and the Twitter contributions are tagged under #mlw2016.

The week was set out under three thematic tracks: making quality education a reality for all learners, improving pedagogy and the relevance of learning and enhancing management, planning and evaluation.  There were usually four sessions running in parallel so I was only able to capture a small part of the rich variety amongst the sessions however, the range of international contributions in this variety clearly emphasized the global potential for mobile learning opportunities.  At times I was concerned that too many people were including classroom based e-learning delivered via tablets however, at others, I had my breath taken away by the sheer scale of some of the out of class literacy and language learning initiatives or the way in which colleagues are using mobile technologies to enhance context relevant creative and authentic learning opportunities.

Interest in, and sustainability for, mobile learning was evident throughout. UNESCO support is steered by last year’s Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Post-2015 Education. The declaration includes the statement that to achieve UNESCO’s goal of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning by 2030, ICT – including mobile learning – must be harnessed to strengthen education systems, knowledge dissemination, information access, quality and effective learning, and more efficient service provision. Clearly the future is mobile and whilst I was able to meet up with IAmlearn members including Trish Andrews, Eliot Soloway, Cathie Norris and Nilgun Keskin as well as Shawn Gross, IAmLearn itself could have done with a more central presence. The fact that there is no registration charge for MLW means it attracts an excellent range of presenters and delegates.


IADIS 2016

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
The IADIS 2016 mobile learning conference took place on 9-11 April in a well appointed hotel in the outskirts of Vilamoura in the Algarve on the South coast of Portugal. This is a small international conference, 12th in the series, run by the International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS) and co-located with the 14th edition of the International Conference on e-Society and the 9th IADIS International Conference on Information Systems.

The conference addresses society on the move as well as mobile learning via handheld devices and opened with a keynote on virtual, creative intelligent agents or 'cyber-companions' and their potential use to supporting knowledge sharing and learning in cyber-social setting from Andreas Dengel of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Highlights of the other presentations on Day One included Bente Meyer's focus on observing classroom spaces and finding that children using handheld tablets work in more flexible, personalized and diverse ways, Matthias Teine explaining how bite-sized learning units can be structured in a thoughtful way for the elderly new to using iPads and smartphones, Michele Notari showing how students wearing wristbands that monitor health and fitness developed their eHealth literacy and, last but not least a lively tutorial workshop on ethical considerations in mobile learning. More details at or by looking up the Twitter hashtag #ML2016.

On Day Two highlights included two presentations by IAmLearn members with Willy Fahlman calling on leaders in the Canadian healthcare system to get involved to ensure the successes seen in work-based mobile learning for nurses and to address the organizational contextual factors including policy and support systems necessary to make this mode of learning sustainable and Dave Parsons reporting that, while teachers in New Zealand and their students using mobile devices in schools are frequently engaged in activities that utilize a range of mobile learning affordances, they tend to focus on simple, supplementary activities such as taking photographs and making videos. Oh... and a memorable boat trip in the setting sun to a local fish restaurant.

Day Three concluded the conference with more reflections on and ways forward for new tools and devices to support mobile learning including smart watches, augmented reality (Jose Miguel Mota and colleagues from the University of Cadiz won best paper for their report on their new app VEDILS that allows engineering students to see 2D technical drawings in 3 dimensions) and pedagogical strategies for using mobile devices inside and outside the classroom.


Getting Involved

Contributing to the IAmLearn Newsletter

Do you have an upcoming event, research study, posting, or a story about something happening in the mobile learning world that you would like to share through our newsletter? Have you participated in a recent podcast or vodcast that might interest our members? Share your ideas and resources by getting in touch with Rob Power ( or with any of the team members.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

IAmLearn Newsletter - 2016 - 1

In This Edition

IAmLearn Executive Notes
  • Greetings from the President
  • Executive Committee Elections
mLearn Notes: From the Mediterranean to the Land Down Under
  • mLearn 2015
  • mLearn 2016
  • A New Home for All Things mLearn
What's Happening: News & Notes
  • Broadcast Thoughts: PodCasts and VodCosts
  • Reflections from mLearnCon 2015
  • AU Goes Mobile
  • What Killed the Mobile Learning Dream - Traxler
  • Global Mobile Awards 2016
  • Mobile Learning Research Project from Poland
Upcoming Events
  • UNESCO Mobile Learning Week
  • FocusOn Mobile
  • 2016 AMO Awards
Contributing to the Newsletter

IAmLearn Executive Notes

Greetings from the President

Dear IAmLearn Colleagues,

Welcome to this first 2016 edition of the IAmLearn newsletter! Together with my colleagues at the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn), I would like to wish you again a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

I am honoured and privileged to assume the role of President of IAmLearn. I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Marcus Specht, for his leadership and contributions to IAmLearn. I would like to also thank the Executive Board and the IAmLearn members for electing me and putting their trust in me as I preside the association for the next two years. I look forward to continuing this important work toward fulfilling the mission of IAmLearn, serving its members, and expanding the reach of the association. In this special role, I am supported by my colleagues on the Executive Committee – John Traxler (Vice President), Jocelyn Wishart (Secretary), Tom Brown (Treasurer), Robert Power (Communications Officer), Dean Cristol (Member-at-large), and Marcus Specht (Past President). I am humbled by their expertise and achievements, and inspired by the commitment of the Executive Committee and the past presidents toward the IAmLearn mission. We are lucky to have some of the most talented and accomplished experts and leaders from across the globe steering our association.

IAmLearn is a premier international non-profit membership organization promoting excellence in research, development, and application of mobile and contextual learning. It is custodian of the annual mLearn international conference series and manages a website ( to collate and disseminate information about new projects, emerging technologies, and teaching resources.

Throughout the upcoming months of 2016, we are looking to serve you even better as we continue working to be a member-oriented organization. We must come together to share ideas and resources so we can reshape and create a better future for the next generation of students, faculty, researchers, and other m-learning practitioners in academia and industry. Hence, I invite you to get involved by working on IAmLearn committees and sharing with us any ideas and communication artifacts that you would want to see disseminated through our IAmLearn website, newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook.  You can find details on how you can exchange information about your projects, resources, and other mobile and contextual learning materials at the end of this edition of the IAmLearn Newsletter.

I am also very excited about the upcoming mLearn 2016 conference, this year with a theme “Mobile learning futures: Sustaining quality research and practice in mobile learning.” More details about this three-day event are included in this edition of the newsletter.

I also strongly urge you to get involved in IAmLearn by expressing your ideas, inquiries, and hopes via the email addresses listed at the end of this Newsletter. I will continue our dialogue through the IAmLearn newsletter and social media channels. There are some exciting changes coming to IAmLearn next month. Make sure to visit our IAmLearn Facebook regularly.

It is my utmost pleasure to serve as your new President!

Yours Sincerely,
Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas, Ed.D.

Executive Committee Elections

A few changes to the IAmLearn Executive Committee following elections held at the 2015 Annual General Meeting during mLearn 2015. Dr. Agnieszka Palalas (Athabasca University) was elected Association President. Dr. Marcus Specht (Open Universiteit Nederland), who was elected to that post at mLearn 2013 in Doha, Qatar, now moves into the Past President position on the Executive. Dr. Rob Power (Fraser Health / University of Ontario Institute of Technology) was re-elected as a Member-at-Large, and has undertaken the role of Communications Officer. Dr. Dean Cristol (Ohio State University) was also elected as a Member-at-Large, and comes in as a new face on the Executive Committee.

You can check in on the IAmLearn website where you can always find the latest information on the Executive Committee Members and Association Directors.

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From the Mediterranean to the Land Down Under

mLearn 2015 - From Small Ripples to Massive Open Waters

The mLearn conference series is known for travelling to different countries, in different parts of the world, each year. 2015 saw the idea of the traveling mobile learning conference go truly mobile. mLearn 2015 took place in October 2015 on “the high seas” of the Mediterranean. The conference took place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas, which departed from Venice, Italy, and made several ports of call throughout the region. The conference offered participants a unique blend of “mobile” learning that included the typical academic and practical sessions of a conference, and the variety of local cultural highlights from the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The mLearn 2015 Conference Proceedings are available through Springer.

mLearn 2016 - Mobile Learning Futures: Sustaining Quality Research and Practice in Mobile Learning

The mobile learning community will converge on Sydney, Australia from Oct 24-26, 2016. The 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2016) will be hosted by the University of Technology Sydney. The 2016 conference theme is Mobile Learning Futures: Sustaining Quality Research and Practice in Mobile Learning.

The mLearn 2016 paper submission system is now open, and the deadline for submission is May 30, 2016. Full details can be found on the Call for Papers section of the conference website.

A New Home for All Things mLearn

As part of the IAmLearn Communications Team's ongoing efforts to streamline communications with members and the wider mobile learning community, we're moving towards a single point-of-contact to get information about the mLearn Conference Series. You can already access information about mLearn 2016 via the IAmLearn website's new mLearn page, where you can also find links to archived versions of the past conference sites. Our aim is to turn this page into a one-stop-shop for all future conferences.

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What's Happening: News & Notes

Broadcast Thoughts: PodCasts and VodCasts

One of the longest standing debates amongst mLearning researchers and practitioners is the actual definition of mobile learning. IAmLearn Secretary Dr. Jocelyn Wishart and President Dr. Aga Palalas recently participated in a podcast about defining mLearning. We invite you to listen to the podcast, and share your thoughts on what mLearning is in the comments section for this edition of the IAmLearn Newsletter.

Dr. Jocelyn Wishart and Dr. Aga Palalas on Defining Mobile Learning

IAmLearn Executive Committee members Dr. Dean Cristol and Dr. Rob Power recently "sat down" for a vodcast to discuss emerging trends in educational technology and mobile learning. The session used Google Hangouts On Air to broadcast live to participants in the Ohio State University's Literacy, New Media, and Creative Pedagogies for Classrooms undergraduate Education course, and is available now via YouTube.

Reflections from mLearnCon 2015

IAmLearn President Dr. Aga Palalas had the opportunity to network with a number of mobile learning and educational technology specialists at mLearnCon 2015. The event, organized by the eLearning Guild, took place June 10-12, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Dr. Palalas recorded a number of candid conversations about their experiences at mLearnCon, the value of the conference, and their views on key issues in the mobile learning sphere. Dr. Palalas interviewed three eLearning and mLearning experts who are published authors, consultants and regular presenters at local and international conferences: Joe Ganci, Phil Cowcill, and Krista Hildner.

Watch the following video compilation of her mLearnCon Colleague Connections.

In the next video, Dr. Palalas talks to colleagues, including Krista Hildner, about the Relationship between mLearning and Performance Support.

The Future of Mobile Learning was the subject of conversations between Dr. Palalas, Phil Cowcill and other colleagues.

Access the full playlist of Dr. Palalas’s mLearnCon Colleague Connections. Check out the Upcoming Events section in this newsletter for information on FocusOn Mobile - the evolution of the mLearnCon series for 2016.

AU Goes Mobile

IAmLearn Founding Director Dr. Mohamed Ally was recently featured in a Globe & Mail story about increasing uptake of mobile learning strategies, including at Athabasca University. The story also featured Hanny Alsahzly, a former student in AU's Master of Education in Distance Education program. You can check out Learning untethered: How mobile is enhancing how students learn via the Globe & Mail, and AU's post about the story, Mobile Learning - Plugged in Across AU.

What Killed the Mobile Learning Dream - Traxler

IAmLearn Vice-President Professor John Traxler recently spoke at JISC's Digifest about the current state of mobile learning research and practical implementation efforts. He told participants that "mobile learning has stalled," and challenged them to "examine what's happened and how can it get back on track." Check out the message from Professor Traxler's presentation What killed the mobile learning dream? via JISC.

Global Mobile Awards 2016

The 2016 Global Mobile (Glomo) Awards were announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which took place from February 22-25, 2016. Worldreader and Opera's entry, Worldreader Mobile, took top honors in the Best Mobile Innovation for Education category. Worldreader Mobile is an application that uses extreme compression technology to provide access to digital books to over 350 million users worldwide, using very little bandwidth and devices that they already own. The 2016 Glomo Awards judges noted of Worldreader Mobile that it is a “highly effective and useful platform-agnostic compression system, providing social development opportunities – borne out by the huge market take-up.”

You can use your mobile phone to check out Worldreader Mobile, and you can get an overview of the application from the Glomo Awards site. You can also check out the Glomo Awards website for the full list of winners in all categories.

Mobile Learning Research Project from Poland

Currently, our company from Poland is preparing an application to get funding for a project regarding mobile social learning for families struggling with chronic diseases.

At the moment, we are looking for a scientist who would help us to do the research phase as well as to develop a methodology of social learning on mobile devices for families with chronic illnesses. We would like to cooperate with a researcher who is interested in this topic or specializes in the area. The target group is very specific so it’s important that the expert knows this area or would like to go deeper regarding this subject. You can read more about the research project to date HERE.

The best person would be from Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy or Turkey.
Please contact us:

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Upcoming Events

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (March 7-11, 2016)

UNESCO's Mobile Learning Week has been scheduled for March 7-11, 2016 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris France. This year's theme is Innovating for Quality. A number of IAmLearn members are planning to attend the event, and we'll be posting a newsletter update with their summaries and impressions. If you cannot attend the event, you can still catch some of the highlights. UNESCO will be streaming recordings of some of the key proceedings online.

FocusOn Mobile - Austin, TX (June 8-10, 2016)

Click on the image link to go to the FocusOn Mobile conference website
Part of the FocusOn Learning conference, FocusOn Mobile "continues the industry-leading conversations of mLearnCon that explore cutting-edge examples of mobile being used to transform learning and performance support."

2016 AMO Awards - Shanghai, China (June 29 - July 1, 2016)

Following on the 2016 GSMA Mobile World congress in February, the 2016 Asia Mobile Awards will take place from June 29 - July 1, 2016, in shanghai, China. Entries are still being accepted in a number of categories, including Mobile Apps, Connected Lifestyle, and Technology Innovation. Nominated entries will be announced in June on the AMO Awards website.

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Contributing to the IAmLearn Newsletter

Do you have an upcoming event, research study, posting, or a story about something happening in the mobile learning world that you would like to share through our newsletter? Have you participated in a recent podcast or vodcast that might interest our members? Share your ideas and resources by getting in touch with the Rob Power ( or Nicole Berezin (

Your thoughts and comments are also welcomed via the Comments section for this edition of the IAmLearn Newsletter (below). Feel free to post your comments about anything from this edition. We'd really love to hear your thoughts, particularly about Dr. Palalas' and Dr. Wishart's podcast and defining mobile learning!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

IAmLearn Newsletter 2-July, 2015

Table of Contents

Executive Committee Update Read...

mLearn 2015 Conference Update Read...

Members on the Move Read...

Calls for Conference Papers, Journal and Book Manuscripts Read...

Mobile Learning Resources Read...

New Mobile Learning Organizations/Collaborations Read...

Moving Forward Read...


Executive Committee Update 

Submitted by Dr. John Traxler, IAmLearn Vice President

Just for the Sake of Argument

Shortly before a recent keynote in Istanbul, World University News asked me for something provocative related to my intended remarks. I bashed out the following having thought it through whilst queuing for a mug of tea and typed it in before the tea was cold. World University News jumped on the ‘Arab Spring’ phrase for the title and printed it. Someone subsequently asked me if I believed what I’d written, to which I replied that I thought my job was to articulate an argument not necessarily believe in it. I am however asking readers, members of the Association, just for the sake of argument, to think through the implications and consequences, perhaps following Gramsci's ‘pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the spirit’. I’m asking, are we a small and fragile niche, borne of the sunny days before the subprime-mortgage crisis whilst we still had a monopoly of understanding mobile phones?  And has the weather changed now, giving way to stormier weather where everyone seems to understand mobile phones and doesn’t need to listen to us.

What are the implications? Do we need to broaden our base, seeking people who design, deploy, manage and merchandise mobile learning? Build a different kind of membership that goes to a different kind of conference, goes to it online? Sell ourselves and our services in the market place, as trainers, consultants and developers? Accredit our members as professionals? Find a foundation or corporation to give us core funding for five years? Affiliate to some friendly, bigger, more robust association?

Anyway, the original piece, before the Arab Spring headline, went as follows,

Digital Life and Mobile Learning 

We are talking about 'Digital Life and Mobile Learning'.  The phrase is intended to summarise the tensions and paradox between two powerful and significant ideas. These ideas are, on the one hand, the attempts in schools, colleges and universities around the world to use personal mobile devices to finally deliver learning 'anywhere, anytime', as promised twenty years ago by the e-learning missionaries and visionaries and, on the other hand, the reality of people outside these institutions using the same mobile technologies to create, transform, discuss, discard, share, store and transmit ideas, opinions, images and information. These attempts at exploiting mobile devices within schools, colleges and universities have succeeded in demonstrating that the reach of education can extended (to rural areas or marginal groups, for example), that education can be enriched and enhanced (by being more personalised, customised and localised, for example) and that education can be more engaging (for disaffected and disillusioned groups and individuals, for example) but these attempts have been resource intensive and not always produced convincing evidence. In the words of one journalist, the evidence has been 'fluffy' and not addressed the business case for mobile learning; many of the more successful projects have been the least exciting or innovative.

Meanwhile, outside these universities, schools and colleges people are using podcasts, websites, blogs, YouTube and Wikipedia to education each other, to learn from each other. It's certainly learning, but not as we know it and no longer under the control of the existing educational institutions or the existing educational professions.

So, let's unpack this paradox in slightly more detail and look at how we got here.

We are now at a point where mobile devices are cheap, robust, easy, cute and nearly universal, ubiquitous and pervasive. They are chosen, owned, used and loved by people with no experience or recollection of using computers and certainly not any recollection of using computers for learning, and they are used for everything, recreation, socialising, shopping, …..everything. Earlier, researchers and practitioners in universities working on the possibilities of using computers in education had realised that computers were static, impersonal and inaccessible for most people and that mobile technology represented an attractive trajectory from working with computers. They used mobile learning experiences that were increasingly more sensitive to the learner and their environment and increasingly exploited the location-aware, media-rich and image-capture capabilities of the technologies to take learning away from the classroom and into the work place, the work placement and the field trip. This was great. It was fun and it was worthwhile but still essentially conservative and backward looking, trying to make an education system work for a society that had literally moved on.

Meanwhile in the outside world the game was getting away from the research community as people discovered as they themselves could make podcasts, share video, join groups, create web-sites, write blogs about any topic or subject that took their fancy. This all looks like education but without the educators; the educators are still stuck with institutional systems, like Turnitin and Moodle, behind an institutional paywall protecting their business, their assets and their IP. Time for some movement!

This is however not a challenge that is internal or local to the technological or pedagogic specialists within the institutions since it does in effect challenge their institutional authority, credibility and legitimacy. How are they relevant, why should we listen to them, what have they to offer? Tax-payers and businesses could be asking why the subsidise a system increasingly out-of-touch with the outside world, whilst students are asking why, at the end of a three-year course, they must sit still, silent and alone and use a pen to answer exam questions.

The recent past might suggest the possibility of an educational Arab Spring, an upheaval where the masses, connected by mobiles and social media, overthrow the established order with its institutions, officials and values. The current aftermath of the Arab Spring tells us this might not be such an attractive prospect and perhaps we should hope for a more gradual, consensual change. Institutions will blunder and stumble, individuals will resist, react, reform and eventually fit into some new order, having done the right things for the wrong reasons, conducting their pilots and their projects ostensibly for outputs and outcomes but in fact gradually coming to terms with a mobile and connected world needing new skills, new attitudes and new formats. 

In conclusion,  IAmLearn encourages you to share your perspective and opinions on this piece.  We want to create an ongoing dialogue to explore present and future plans and activities for the organization..We encourage you to express your ideas on the IAmlearn Facebook page and in our Twitter Feed

Dr. Traxler offers these questions for consideration and discussion:

  • Should IAmLearn take steps to expand its narrow membership base.  What do you think?
  • Would it be beneficial to create a Policy SIG, to build experience and expertise in connecting with the policy community, building understanding of our work, understanding the ‘impact’ agenda, funding priorities.
  • Is it time to explore the creation of a Commercialisation SIG, to build experience and expertise in connecting  with corporates, start-ups?
  • Should IAmLearn seek representation for the Association on relevant agency, national and international boards, events and publications. 
  • How should IAmLearn engage with regional associations for mobile learning?
  • Creating a register of members interested in consultancy (may be with some threshold such as 'has successfully undertaken two projects') or a register of members 


mLearn 2015 Conference Update

Setting Sail from Greece

Be a part of a once in a lifetime learning experience to a place where education meets enjoyment of life and living in the moment!

Please Remember:

1. VERY important - All bookings through the mLearn2015 website for cabins MUST be booked and paid for in full before 17 Aug 2015 otherwise the cabin may be cancelled by the Royal Caribbean
2. Deadline for the special conference package is 15 Aug, after that our special arrangement falls away and all delegates will have to arrange and negotiate their own accommodation.

The mLearn 2015 international mobile learning conference will take place from 17 to 24 October 2015, on a cruise ship “Splendour of the Seas”, departing from Venice, Italy.
Six Pre-conference Workshops will take place on 18 October 2015.

This fourteenth annual conference on mobile and contextual learning is the key research and networking event for researchers, strategists, educators, technologists and industry practitioners from all over the world.

mLearn attracts a large number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all continents, and is, therefore, the world's largest international conference on mLearning and emerging ambient technologies.

1. Attend a world class conference
2. Meet top experts from around the world
3. The Keynotes – Ernest Adams and Marcus Specht
3. Enrich your life and learn about various mobile learning trends
4. Networking.... where else are you going to find a conference where we are all on the cruise ship, so ample time to discuss, talk, engage!
5. Enjoy a few wonderful medieval cities in the Mediterranean
... and much more! Treat yourself to a fantastic experience – Ticket INCLUDES ALL extras!

Members on the Move

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning hits 

IAmLearn Executive Member-at-Large Rob Power recently helped to design and deliver a free micro-MOOC called Instructional Design for Mobile Learning (ID4ML). Over 2100 people from all corners of the globe participated in the free online course, which ran from May 4 – June 6, 2015. Power partnered with Robin Bartoletti (Texas Women’s University) and Whitney Kilgore (iDesignEDU) to redesign and deliver the course, which was first offered on the Canvas network in 2013.

ID4ML featured three distinct one-week modules. The first week included defining mobile learning, examining participants’ experiences with mobile learning and mobile technologies, and an exploration of useful tools and apps for enhancing teaching and learning. The second week explored the instructional design process for creating mobile reusable learning objects, including Power’s Collaborative Situated Active Mobile (CSAM) learning design framework (highlighted in his mLearn 2014 paper presentation with IAmLearn members Dean Cristol and Belinda Gimbert). Participants also used free online tools and downloadable apps to help them turn their designs into prototype mobile RLOs. The third week featured a “mobile mini-unit” where participants explored mobile apps that students could use to increase productivity and to save and share links to online resources.
Participants in ID4ML also had a chance to learn about IAmLearn from Association president Marcus Specht, who was featured in one of two Google Hangouts Broadcast interview sessions.
The second Hangout session featured Rob Power, who talked about his work at the Advanced Learning Technologies Centre at College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, and his research on the CSAM framework and mobile RLOs.
Response to the ID4ML MOOC has been extremely positive, and included the following comments posted on Twitter:
"Thank you for ID4ML! I'm not a teacher but as a web developer / lifelong learner I found the class exceptionally well done. I've been taking MOOCs at coursera, EdX, Udemy and for several years now and this course ranks near the top for an engaging mix of media types and interactive projects."
Canvas User (May 30, 2015)
"One of the most creative, most applicable & certainly THE cutest #mooc #id4ml...!"
@maja_prolece via Twitter (May 25, 2015)
"Woot! Just finished my first MOOC. ID for mLearning. Fantastic course & facilitators thx #ID4ML @xPat_Letters@robinwb @whitneykilgore"
@LeghamLemming via Twitter (May 25, 2015 )

Dr. Agnieszka Palalas was also on the move this summer and attended the e-Learning Guilds’mLearnCon 2015-“Learning in Context” in Austin, Texas, June 10-12.  She captured insightful learning moments with renowned mLearnCon speakers and m-learning design and development experts Joseph Ganci, Phil Cowcill , and Krista Hildner.  They discuss the benefits of attending mLearnCon, including networking and sharing best practices. In addition, each of these experienced mobile learning practitioner answers Dr. Palalas’s questions pertaining to the practice of m-learning and perforemance support and the future of learning and training with mobiles.
Joseph Ganci  is thrilled about the ongoing growth and potential of accessing learning wherever we need it: “we are going to be learning all the time…wherever we go we are going to have the ability to  not only learn but apply the learning in the moment, when we need it.”
The complete video compilation is coming soon to the IAmLearn Facebook. We invite you to watch it and share your comments and reactions. See you on our Facebook.

Proof of Concept of  Mobile System to Request a Visual Insight of a Geographically Bound Location

Submitted by Dr. Laurent Antonczak 
MINA [ Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa ]

We have been working on a project with the theme of Development of technologies to support education and would love your feedback on ways in which you would incorporate this tool into mobile learning.

This project aims to discuss and develop a mobile system where-by, one user can request a visual insight of a geographically bound location. Such a system is important since there currently exists no smart phone application in this domain. Applications of the proposed system could range from the trivial, such as users requesting to view the queue at a restaurant, to the important, such as emergency services surveying an area blocked off by debris, or police viewing a large area during during an “Amber Alert”. A possible application for mobile learning would be networked or collaborative learning in outdoor situations. Since smart phone use is so prevalent, coverage of the systems network should be high. This project also aims to incentivize the usage of such a system - which is important due to the inherent costs to a potential user. These cost manifest themselves in terms of battery usage, time, and potentially mobile data usage.

Calls for Conference Papers, Journal and Book Manuscripts

Recent Publications:

Andrews, T., Dyson, L. E., & Wishart, J. (July 03, 2015). Advancing ethics frameworks and scenario-based learning to support educational research into mobile learning. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38, 3, 320-334.


The ubiquity of mobile devices and their use for collecting and sharing data require a reconsideration of approaches taken to managing ethical concerns in the educational research context. In the mobile age, the concept of educational research extends beyond traditional understandings and contexts due to: the wide range of mobile learning research settings, the immediacy with which mobile devices connect to socialmedia, heightened privacy concerns and uncertainty about informed consent. This paper explores some of the ethical challenges and proposes that ethics frameworks and scenario-based learning can be powerful tools to assist educational researchers to better understand the ethical complexities of research using mobile devices and social media. An ethics framework for mobile learning research and several exemplar scenarios created during two workshops are presented. The authors make a case for this approach to be used for professional development for mobile learning researchers which may include teachers researching their own mobile learning practice

Journal Manuscripts: 

Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Special Issue on Learning Technologies 

  • Deadline for Submission of Full Manuscripts: Friday, February 12, 2016. 
  • Learning technologies provide creative ways for learners and instructors to achieve a variety of learning outcomes.
  • The guest editors invite manuscripts that address educational learning technologies in Canada and internationally, including these topics:

•   Adaptive  systems    
•   Tutoring  systems    
•   Online  Learning Environments    
•   Computer  Supported Collaborative Learning Environments    
•   Computer Mediated Communication    
•   Mobile applications supporting  learning       
•   Modeling  system  usage  for  learning  outcomes    
•   Discussion  forums and peer help    
•   Flipped classroom and video lecture use    
•   Systems  supporting second language learners    in    STEM    courses    
•   Informal  learning through online  videos    
•   Communication  and  learning tools  
  Please    forward   any   questions    regarding    this  issue    to   Guest    Editors:        
Alexandra   Makos,     Clare   Brett,    and   Jim    Hewitt   
Curriculum,  Teaching    and    Learning    Department    
Ontario   Institute    for    Studies  in    Education,    University    of   Toronto    Toronto,    ON  


Mobile Learning Resources

Submitted by Yulin Song 
Here we link two educational technology journals in China which have papers exploring mobile learning and teaching. Both of them are open access online. Hope you will find them enlightening.

1 《中国电化教育》 China Educational Technology

 《中国开放教育》 Open Education Research

New Mobile Learning Organizations/Collaborations

Dr. Laurent Antonczak, at MINA [ Mobile Innovation Network Australia ] announces an Australasia collaboration with RMIT(Melbourne).....

Hi everyone,

We are pleased to announce our new Australasia collaboration with RMIT (Melbourne) and the new Call for Paper for the 5th International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation AKA #mina2015:

Looking forward to hear from you :-)

Laurent Antonczak
MINA [ Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa ]

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