Un-conferencing formats at MLCB conference

We now compiled a list with descriptions of the un-conferncing formats that we do at the MLCB conference in Bremen on Monday and Tuesday. They are available on the conference website at www.londonmobilelearning.net/bremen, and – for your convenience – here as well:

 

Radio Workshop
Graham Attwell will introduce in radio making and streaming. This small workshop is followed by a live radio session during lunch time.

Paper jam
Participants get together in small groups and choose a topic on which they are then going to work during the following hour. Aim is to produce a 1 to 2 pages paper that has to me made public on the internet by the single groups.

Poster session
Poster are exhibited on walls or displayed through video projectors positioned in the foyer of the venue. A guide guides the audience from poster to poster. At each of the stations, the poster’s author gives a short presentation. The audience is invited to ask questions and to step into a dialogue with the presenter. The group will afterwards rotate to another poster. Poster session will be held in English and German. Duration of the individual presentations is chaired by the guide and depends on the number of posters.

Speed debate (Monday’s closing session by using speed debate format, enhanced by wiffiti)
Participants post provocative statements on wiffiti (http://wiffiti.com/). Participants then choose issues by voting which will be discussed within 5-10 minutes by this day’s session chairs. Audience will vote the winning side.

Speed dating & shared experience session
Participants will line up in pairs. Each pair gets 5 minutes to present themselves to each other. After 5 minutes, the participants will look for another unknown person. After 30 minutes, you will have met 6 new people from the field. Aim is to learn about people around you which might be helpful to address specific issues in the second half of this un-conferencing session.
In ther second half-hour-slot, after this speed dating session and when people are familiar with each other and learned a bit about peoples’ research focus, participants get together – either in small groups or as plenum – and present their own work by making short statements (1 minute). By doing so, they point on areas that worked well and that can be adopted by others. Also, they point on specific issues that caused problems during the work and which need to be resolved. Participants answer and provide support by giving input in form of their experiences. This should not take more than 4 minutes so that, by the end of the un-conferencing session, 6 projects were discussed. One of the aim of this un-conerencing session is collaborative problem solving.

Media production
Participants will produce small 3-minutes how-to videos with their mobile phone cameras. To plan this video, people meet in small groups and write a story board (within 5-10 minutes). Further 5-10 minutes are dedicated to recording the video. Cutting is not allowed (one take, one shot).

Autonomous unconferencing
Slots free for un-conferencing filled and chaired by participants.

Interviews from OnlineEduca 2010


Last year, we attended the Online Educa in Berlin and met several interesting people who we interviewed for the “Radio Live at OEB” internet radio show, realised by Pontydysgu.
Doing this was a new experience and great fun. Hope to be involved in one of the shows sometime in the future again, e.g.  the one live from MLCB in Bremen.
The interviews listed below were done during the 2 days of OEB10. They are available on the Ponty website.

Day 1
On day 1 of OEB10, Graham Attwell and Eileen Lübcke did the floor-management, Jenny Hughes, Klaus Rummler and myself, Judith Seipold, made the interviews.
The about 40 min. stream from day 1 includes interviews with

  • Josie Fraser (digital literacies)
  • Larry Johnson (New Media Consortium and “Horizon Report”)
  • John Traxler (mobile learning)
  • Steve Wheeler (Web X and Web 3.0)
  • Tabea Schlimbach and Erik Wallin (G8WAY project)
  • Helen Keegan (guided digital identity development)

Day 2
The second day was even busier. Floor management by Jenny Hughes and Klaus Rummler, interviews by Judith Seipold, Klaus Rummler and Jenny Hughes. The second day brought us

  • Geoff Stead (Informal ethics)
  • Heike Philps (Video conferencing in classroom)
  • Fred de Vries (Audio augmented learning)
  • Jay Cross (Internet Time Alliance and current issues)
  • Linda Castaneda (Madhouse of ideas)
  • Andy Black (Innovation and implementation of mobile learning)
  • Ilona Buchem (E-portfolios)
  • Gráinne Conole & Jan Marković (Open Educational Ressources)
  • Karl Royle (Game-based learning)
  • Magda Balika (Teacher training)
  • Mor Seck (African Distance Learning Centre (AADLC))
  • Russell Stannard (Teacher training with video)

Off-the-show interviews and vox pops
After the live shows, we met several people and recorded the conversations and interviews. They were not aired during OEB10, but are available now on the Pontydysgu website.

  • Ilona Buchem and colleagues (E-portfolios in Germany)
  • Eileen Lübcke & Klaus Rummler (draufhaber.tv)
  • Russell Stannard (Teacher training videos)
  • Blackboard
  • Charles Sancondo (E-learning Africa)
  • Geoff Stead (Mobile learning applications)
  • Grainne Conole (Cloudworks and OER)
  • Sugata Mitra (Self-organized learning)
  • Sigi Jakob-Kühn (teachers and technology)
  • Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez (Collaborative movie making) – first interview covered under the stream called “Sounds of the Bazaar at some exhibition stands”
  • … and some more …

Internet Time Alliance

Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments


‘Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments’ Conference

Bremen (Germany) from Monday to Tuesday, March 21st to 22nd, 2011.

Conference Website: http://www.londonmobilelearning.net/bremen

The ‘Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments’ Conference, taking place in Bremen (Germany) from Monday to Tuesday, March 21st to 22nd, 2011, builds on a series of mobile learning research symposia hosted by the WLE Centre for Excellence at the Institute of Education, University of London between 2007 and 2009. It will focus on the challenges of developing new pedagogic approaches and on the potential of mobile devices for learning in formal and informal contexts. As mobile learning is not only about learning with mobile technologies, but also considered to be “new” learning, the conference will look at challenges for research and practice in understanding the changing social and technological structures allowing the use of technology for learning that are present in our personal lives, in school and in work places. Thus mobile learning crosses the boundary of institutional learning and looks at practical fields like research and medicine, too. Also, the conference will look at the latest developments in hardware and software which can support personalised learning.

By focusing on theory and practice, development and use, teaching and learning, formal and informal contexts, the ‘Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments’ Conference intends to offer spaces for researchers, practitioners, developers, the industry and policy makers to exchange ideas, experiences and research around issues and approaches to mobile learning, including sociological and educational issues and their effectiveness and desirability as learning spaces as well as the design of environments.

Whilst the conference includes a traditional research paper strand, we also encourage proposals for sessions in different formats including workshops, posters, cafe and debate sessions, videos, slideshows, podcasts, cartoons and hands on sessions. There will be a German language strand, so contributions in German are also welcome!
We will also provide opportunities for ‘unconference’ events, including the provision of spaces for informal meetings and discussions.

The number of participants is limited to 150. However, video contributions for loop-presentations during the conference from people who are not able to attend in person are welcome.

The ‘Mobile learning: Crossing boundaries in convergent environments’ Conference is preceded by the EduCamp, a specialised BarCamp for people interested in media and learning, which will take place in Bremen from March 19 to 20, 2011.
Pontydysgu will broadcast their show “Sounds of the Bazaar LIVE Radio Programme” live via internet.

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