Special Edition - Meet the Team!
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.
ContentsMeet the Team Members
- Executive Committee Members
- Nicole (Nikki) Berezin
- Song Yulin
- Maria Aristeidou
- IAmLearn at UNESCO MLW 2016
- IADIS 2016
Executive Committee Members
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|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|
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.
|Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal|
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 http://mlearning-conf.org/ 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.
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