Mobile Learning. Potential and controversy embodied in a young scientific field, and arising consequences for future research and practice.

On March 27 and 28, 2012 the conference “Educational Media Ecologies – International Perspectives” took place at the University of Paderborn (Germany). As I was not able to attend in person I submitted a video presentation that can be watched on YouTube or below. The slides can be accessed via the slideshare website, the abstract is available below as well as on the conference website.

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Learning with mobile technologies.Teaching approaches and systematic change management issues.

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, Klaus Rummler (Uni Bremen), Luise Ludwig (Uni Mainz) and me (LMLG) held a small workshop at the BETT 2012 show at Olympia, London. This is the description of the workshop, contents (links to resources and presentations) can be found below.

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Mobile Learning – potential, controversies and implications for future R&P in networked (informal) learning

On Monday, 21 November 2011 I gave a presentation at the SoMobNet Roundtable, IoE London, about social and networked learning from the perspective of the mobile learning discussion. Title of the presentation was “Mobile Learning – Potential and controversies embodied in a young scientific field and arising consequences for future research and practice with view to social, networked and (informal) learning”. The slides are available here via the Cloudworks page of the SoMobNet Roundtable, the extended version of the abstract can be found below as well.

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Providing continuity for learner centred learning with mobile phones in schools

The following article is a follow up of my presentation given at a Mobile Media Seminar at the University of Aarhus (DK) in March 2008.

Seipold, Judith (2008): Mobile learning at the interface between formal and informal learning. Harnessing mobile phones and their modes of representation for curricular learning. Seminar Mobile Media, 10. März 2008, Aarhus Universitet, Centre for IT & Learning, Aarhus.

The article was written in English (not the best English) and translated into Danish. The Danish language version was published in 2010.

Seipold, Judith (2010): Kan brugen af mobiletelefoner i undervisningen styrke elev-centrerede læreprocesser? (Englischer Titel: Providing continuity for learner centred learning with mobile phones in schools). In: Bang, Joergen; Dalsgaard, Christian (Red.): Læring & Medier (LOM), Nr. 5: Læring i videnssamfundet. Om vidensformidling, videnskonstruktion og vidensdeling. ISSN 1903-248X. Online.

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Die London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG)

Als Mitglied der London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG) wurde ich gebeten, einen kurzen Beitrag zu den Aktivitäten und Zielen der LMLG zu erfassen. Da von der Redaktion letztlich jedoch ein anderer Schwerpunkt gewünscht wurde, habe ich beschlossen, den Artikel hier zu veröffentlichen:

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Un-conferencing-Formate – kollaborative Wissensarbeit und kommunikative Lernformen

Un-conferencing ist “posh” – und das zu Recht. Teils werden ganz Konferenzen wie z.B. die EduCamps nach diesem Prinzip, das auf kollaborativer Wissensarbeit und kommunikativen Lernformen basiert, organisiert; teils finden sich auf Konferenzen Slots, in denen Platz für un-conferencing geschaffen wurde.

Auf unserer Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments Conference (MLCB), die wir als Kollaborationsveranstaltung im März 2011 in Bremen durchgeführt haben, wollten wir un-conferencing selbst ausprobieren. Allerdings nur im kleinen Rahmen und auf freiwilliger Basis. Denn nicht Jeder ist ein “Mitmacher”. Grund war zum einen die Absicht, eine reine Vortragskonferenz zu vermeiden und die Teilnehmer zu Diskussionen anzuregen. Zum anderen sahen wir es in Anbetracht der Menge an Anfragen für Vorträge mittlerweile sogar als Notwendigkeit an, alternative Formate anzubieten; denn un-conferencing-Formate bieten eben Vielen die Möglichkeit, Input einzubringen.

Letztlich haben wir einige bereits existierende und etablierte Formate aufgegriffen, andere haben wir eigens entwickelt. Die Leitlinien, die wir im Vorfeld zur Konferenz zu den jeweiligen Formaten formuliert haben – auch un-conferencing folgt teils strengen Richtlinien – finden sich als ursprünglicher, englischer Beitrag mit dem Titel “Un-conferencing formats at MLCB conference” auf dem Media-Education-Culture-Blog. Für meine / die media-education-culture website habe ich die Endversion übersetzt und inhaltlich nochmals leicht überarbeitet. Eine deutschsprachige Vorversion [“Format mash-ups – Konferenz zwischen Präsentation und Kollaboration“] ist ebenfalls auf Media-Education-Culture verfügbar. Und wie es für un-conferencing-Formate die Regel ist, wurden im Vorfeld keine weiteren koordinierende und strukturierende Vorbereitungen getroffen.

 

Radio workshop
In einem Radio Wokshop wird in die Konzipierung und Realisierung von Live-Radiosendungen sowie das Live-Streamen selbiger über das Internet eingeführt. Im Anschluss an den kleinen Workshop findet eine ca. halbstündige Live-Radiosendung statt, in der das Gelernte direkt ausprobiert wird.

Paper jam
Teilnehmer finden sich in kleinen Gruppen zusammen und wählen gemeinsam ein Thema aus, an dem sie innerhalb der folgenden Stunde gemeinsam arbeiten. Ziel ist es, einen ein- bis zweiseitigen Text zu verfassen, der direkt nach Fertigstellung im Internet veröffentlicht wird.

Poster session
Poster werden im Foyer des Veranstaltungsortes ausgehängt oder per Video-Beamer an Leinwände projiziert. Ein Moderator führt die Teilnehmer von Poster zu Poster. An jeder Station gibt der Autor des Posters eine kurze Präsentation. Die Zuhörer sind dazu eingeladen, Fragen zu stellen und sich in den Dialog mit den Präsentierenden zu begeben. Im Anschluss wechselt die Gruppe zum nächsten Poster.

Speed debate
Die erste abschließende Plenumsveranstaltung ist als “speed debate” konzipiert. Als Hilfsmittel wird wiffiti (wiffiti.com), ein Web 2.0-Tool zum Sammeln von online geposteten Statements, eingesetzt. Aus der Menge an Kommentare und Statements, die in diesem Fall über twitter (twitter.com) gemacht wurden, suchen die Moderatoren die provokativsten heraus und fordern die Teilnehmer der Plenumsveranstaltung dazu auf, diese Statements zu kommentieren – oder die Macher der Statements, diese zu verteidigen.
Alternativ dazu ist auch denkbar, die Teilnehmer zu Beginn der Session zu bitten, die Statements auszuwählen, die in den folgenden 5-10 Minuten in einem Streitgespräch von den Session Chairs oder dem Machern der Statements diskutiert werden. Die Teilnehmer stimmen im Anschluss darüber ab, welche Partei als Sieger aus dem Disput hervorgeht.

Speed dating & Geteilte-Erfahrungen-Session
Dieses Format hat kollaboratives Problemlösen zum Ziel und ist in zwei je dreißigminütige Teile gesplittet.
Für Teil eins teilen sich die Teilnehmer in Zweiergruppen auf. Jedes Paar bekommt fünf Minuten Zeit, sich seinem Gegenüber mit seinen inhaltlichen Interessen und Arbeiten vorzustellen. Im Anschluss sucht sich Jeder einen neuen Partner und stellt sich ihm vor. Nach 30 Minuten hat jeder der Teilnehmer am speed dating 6 neue Personen kennengelernt. Ziel ist es, Menschen kennenzulernen, die für den eigenen Interessens- und Forschungsbereich interessante inhaltliche Anregungen und Perspektiven bieten. Dies wird für den zweiten Teil der Session relevant.
In den zweiten dreißig Minuten der Session finden sich die Teilnehmer in kleinen Gruppen oder – je nach Menge der Teilnehmer – im Plenum zusammen. Jeder Teilnehmer präsentiert innerhalb einer Minute seine eigene Arbeit mittels eines kurzen Statements. Dabei weist er oder sie auf Bereiche hin, die bei der eigenen Forschung besonders gut gelungen sind und von Anderen übernommen werden können. Alternativ können die Teilnehmer auf Bereiche hinweisen, in denen Probleme auftraten, die erst noch einer Lösung zugeführt werden müssen. Im Anschluss antworten die restlichen Teilnehmer und tragen mit Kommentaren, Anregungen oder Hinweisen zur Problemlösung bei. Dieser Teil sollte nicht mehr als vier Minuten in Anspruch nehmen, sodass am Ende der Session 6 Projekte diskutiert wurden.

Medienproduktion mit Handykameras
Die Teilnehmer produzieren kleine dreiminütige “How to”-Videos mit ihren Handykameras. Um diese Videos zu planen setzen sich die Teilnehmer für fünf bis zehn Minuten in kleinen Gruppen zusammen und schreiben ein Storyboard. Weitere fünf bis zehn Minuten sind für das Aufnehmen der Videos geplant. Das Schneiden und sonstige Bearbeiten der Videos ist nicht gestattet – one take, one shot!

Selbstorganisiertes un-conferencing
Neben den geleiteten un-conferencing-Slots gibt es auch Raum und Zeit, damit Teilnehmer selbst organisierten Aktivitäten nachkommen können.

 

Weiterführende Literatur und Links

Educamp. Online.

Ungewöhnliche Interaktionsformate (Teil 2): Nehmen und Geben. Online.

MLCB conference – retrospection II

Graham Attwell posted his reflections about the Mobile Learning: Crossing Boundaries Conference on the vernally greenish Pontydysgu website. The blog post can be accessed here.

Graham commented on organisational aspects such as

  • theme
  • venue
  • costs
  • formats
  • online-tools
  • organising committee.

Especially good to see that Graham picked up the idea we discussed last week about having another conference, maybe next year, which could be covered under the “crossing boundaries” theme. Now that he announced it …

MLCB conference – retrospection

After a busy week – it started on Saturday 19th with the two-days EduCamp (#echb11)  and ended with the Medien Kongress in Berlin (#kbom11) on March 25 – it is time to close the chapter MLCB 2011 (#MLCB). This post is simply to reflect on lessons learnt and issues emerging, and to provide URLs to resources that we collected and compiled in order to allow for something like sustainability.

But to start with, our sincerest thanks goes to all those who contributed to the conference – participants, reviewers, media people, assistants, organisers … We think that the conference was a success – which is a result of the engagement of the participants who made the conference to what it turned out to be. We have seen ourselves as providers of spaces and places only and hoped that people would accept our offer ;-) However, from our point of view the atmosphere was very constructive, friendly and relaxed, and it was great to see so many dear friends and colleagues attending one of the first mobile learning conferences in Germany.

So, as for the reflection part, the following might assist for the moment:

 

Stats
After two conference days not only the stats tell the organisers that they dealt with lots of input and output: We had about 100 participants from 19 countries (Austria, Botswana, Canada, Catalonia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Nigeria, Sweden, Sitzerland, Turkey, England/UK, USA). They contributed with 50 papers, workshops and video presentations to about 40 hours programme.
Our team of 7 organising committee members of which 4 did the executive organisation was supported by 7 assistants, 1 videographer, 1 radio producer, 1 photographer and 1 designer. 30 reviewers supported us in selecting proposals, and 5 members of the organising committee edited the book of abstracts.
Finally, we have several hundrets of GB of data – video, audio, photo – which gives impressions only of what people quantitatively gained from the conference.

Resources for subsequent use
During the 2 conference days we collected so much data that we are not able any longer to host them on our own servers. The videos and photos that were made during the conference are/will be available on Vimeo, Youtube, Flickr and the Pontydysgu website accordingly. Some are abvailable yet, others will be available soon.

  • Podacsts from the Sounds of the Bazaar live radio shows can be streamed from the Pontydysgu website. Day 1 and Day 2.
  • MirandaMod Mindmeister Map.
  • Book of abstracts from the LMLG website is available here for download.
  • Photos are collected on the LMLG flickr page.
  • Videos from the presentations and Interveiws are available via the LMLG website.
  • Presentations are collected on the MLCB Cloudworks cloudscape. If you haven’t done so yet, please share your presentation via Cloudworks, too.

Bring people together in advance
The ‘Mobile Learning: Crossing Boundaries in Convergent Environments’ (#MLCB) Conference was opened by the get-together on the event ship Treue on Sunday evening. Meeting people before the conference begins turned out to be a quite smooth start into scientific exchange. And it provided additional time to get familiar with interesting people, projects and ideas which is often missing during the conferences – at last for the organisers.

Provide spaces and places
In order to allow for discussions and self-organised activites during the conference, it is helpful to have rooms available – such as lobby, café, terrace – which people can use to meet, talk and exchange their ideas. Such spaces are framed by the “formality” of the conference and conference activies, but helps networking in an informal ambience.

Keep the setting open for people from different fields and disciplines
Even if organisers and participants agreed on mobile learning as topic of the MLCB conference people bring different discussions and discourses to a conference. Especially appreciated is interdisciplinarity – we learnt this from feedback that we received during and after the conference. Interdisciplinarity was perceived as being a fruitful basis to widen the own perspective and to gain insights into disciplines that are dealing with the same topic but that refer to different theories, models, aims and goals.

Be open for different contents to track trending topics
Also at this conference practice seemed to be basis for considerations about implementation of mobile technologies and usability in different settings. Theoretical approaches were presented, too, but related to the ratio theory : practice, theory was underrepresented. However, the MLCB conference was thematically dominated by Higher Education and Health Care / Medical Education – two issues that seem to be trending topics in the near future. Learning in schools by using mobile devices seems to be the basis of the mobile learning research that is taken for granted; now it could be time to discover new areas and places to explore mobile learning opportunities and constraints.

Low-budget event moves attendees from being audience only to being engaged participants in discussions
As highlighted by Graham Attwell several times already the MLCB conference run low-budget. We decided to keep fees low in order to allow also people with no or low refund opportunities to attend (undergraduate students and unemployed were free). To run such cost-saving event was possible only because the Bremen Youth Hostel provided first class service for small budgets: with the conference fees we did not only rent 5 rooms in the premises of the YH but it also included 2 coffee breaks and lunch at each of the two days. One side effect was that people seemed to expect to entertain themselves instead being entertained. Not sure if there is any relation, but the atmosphere was very constructive and full of discussion.

Lessons learnt and issues emerging
On our latest post-conference meeting we made a small and very informal review of the conference and discussed about what we consider as being necessary to be improved and what was resolved successfully. A more detailed version of our lessons learnt will be available soon on the Pontydysgu weblog and here, on Media Education Culture. To start with, here are some issues that came to my mind during the last couple of days.

  • poster sessions are under-valued but great opportunity to demonstrate work-in-progress
  • keep conference small and allow for a good number of breaks and rooms in order to provide space for exchange and networking
  • refer to web 2.0 tools that people are using also outside conferences instead of introducing new tools
  • for small organising teams: avoid to organise hotels but provide lists instead

Sounds of the Bazaar live internet radio at the MLCB conference

Graham Attwell, Jenny Hughes and Dirk Stieglitz did a great job with the live radio show from our MLCB conference which took place in Bremen on March 21 and 22, 2011.
The podcast is available from the Pontydysgu weblog. Below is the description of the two shows as well as the URL to the podcasts. Each show runs about 30 minutes and is really worth to be listened to.

 

Day 1
URL day 1: http://www.pontydysgu.org/2011/03/sounds-of-the-bazaar-at-the-mlcb-in-bremen/

The live internet radio programmes from The Mobile Learning Conference Bremen this week were a real gas. We are pretty confident with our sound set up these days which leaves us free to focus on content. And I think we did a pretty good job in catching the debates and ideas of the conference. If you are interested in the theory and practice of mobile learning, then I’d recommend you to listen to the two programmes. Each lasts about half an hour.

The first programme features Daniela Reimann talking about her keynote presentation on art and mobile devices. Andy Black preveiws his popular workshop on future trends in the use of mobiles for learning. Klaus Rummler, one of the conference commitee, tells us why and how the conference was organised. Julia Laxton, from Leeds University Medical School, talks about the use of mobiles in medical education and issues for institutions. Anke Königschulte from Bremen talks about using audio technologies in museums. And last but not least, John Traxler looks at the international dimension of the use of mobile devices for learning.

 

Day 2
URL to the podcast: http://www.pontydysgu.org/2011/03/second-radio-programme-from-the-mlcb-2011/

Here is the recording of the Sounds of the Bazaar live internet radio programme broadcast from the MLCB-Conference 2011 in Bremen.just as in the first day, we focused on encouraging participants to tell their own stories about the use of mobile devices for learning in different contexts.

First up on this programme was Helen Keegan who has earlier wowed the conference with her presentation on mobiles and film (more to come on this). Jenny Hughes went on to interview Ceridwen Coulby, Alice Huskinson, Prabhjoyt Kler, Catherine MacMillan and  Helen Macrorie, students at Leeds Univeristy Medical School, about their perspective on use of mobile devices in medicine and health care. Antje Breitkopf talks about the One Laptop Per Child project, based on her experience of working with the project in Peru. And in a series of vox-pops Jenny Hughes talks to John Potter and Ludger Deitmer amongst others about their impressions of the main issues arsing from the conference.

http://www.pontydysgu.org/2011/03/second-radio-programme-from-the-mlcb-2011/

Keine Bildung ohne Medien – Kongress – Ergebnisse der Arbeitsgruppen

Die Ergebnisse der Arbeitsgruppen, die am gestrigen Donnerstag erarbeitet wurden, sind nun online verfügbar unter http://www.keine-bildung-ohne-medien.de/ergebnisse-der-arbeitsgruppen.

Die Wordle-Cloud dazu sieht so aus (ungefiltert):

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