Tag Archives: mLearning

Is Mobile Learning Actually Effective?

Woman using a mobile phone
Anyone who has ever taught a class of any sort or size knows that interactive learning is better; the more senses you engage in your students while teaching, the higher the likelihood they will enjoy the learning experience and remember what you teach.  Now, recent trends in technology have made learning more tactile, more mobile, and perhaps more enjoyable, but do they actually make a difference in the learning experience? Does anyone know whether or not those apps on your iPhone that your kids are playing or the distance learning course that you or your husband is taking online will really make a difference in the long run? Is mobile learning that effective?
Full Text: Education: Is Mobile Learning Actually Effective?.

Blackboard Takes Mobile Apps to the End User

BlackBoard

This fall, faculty and students will no longer need access to a Blackboard institutional license to use Blackboard mobile applications–as long as they’re willing to shell out $5.99 for the software or pay an annual subscription fee of $1.99.
This September, Blackboard Mobile Learn for iOS and Android will be available for purchase by end users “without requiring an investment by their institution,” according to Blackboard, which made the announcement at the BbWorld 2012 event happening this week in New Orleans.
“We’ve seen a tremendous take-up of Blackboard Mobile Learn,” said Kayvon Beykpour, general manager of Blackboard Mobile, in a prepared statement. “But we wanted to implement a model that gave users the choice to use the application even if their school hasn’t subsidized it. We hope that providing users this new option will help more students and institutions expand access to mobile learning.”
Full Text: Blackboard Takes Mobile Apps to the End User — THE Journal.

What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools

Girl working in class with a mobile phone by her side

As mobile learning programs become more ubiquitous, international attention is focusing on how different countries integrate mobile devices into formal schooling. Last month, United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a comprehensive report called UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning on the state of mobile learning around the world.
The report breaks down usage and policies in different areas, including North America, and part of the research focuses on “Essential Conditions for Mobile Learning.” In this section of the report, researchers present five key conditions that must exist for a mobile learning initiative to succeed: visionary leadership and commitment, robust technology capacity, professional development, scalability, and policies that promote and support the initiative.
Read the excerpted from the report:  What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | MindShift.

5 ways to strengthen a #BYOD #mLearning community

Mobile Phone

When setting up a mobile learning course, it is not always easy to get everyone on the same page. There are a lot of factors that can vary from learner to learner. Nevertheless, any learning will benefit from a strong learning community that feels connected to each other. So I went through my mobile strategy notes and filtered out 5 ways that I have been using to grow the community spirit of a new mLearning group at the  beginning of a course. Feel free to share yours, I feel that there are much more ideas out there.
In my case the mobile courses are mostly developed for people already having a personal, mobile learning device (smartphone, tablet, internet enabled cell-phone…) and using them to access the course (BYOD). This pushes me to combine community activities that also increase mobile skills. BUT before asking newbies to get their mobile devices out and use them, I always stress the importance of WiFi for financial reasons.
So here are my 5 ways to strengthen a mLearning community
Full Text: @Ignatia Webs: 5 ways to strengthen a #BYOD #mLearning community.

Drawing up an #mLearning #strategy in 10 steps

mLearning devices

Everyone is joining mLearning, but in many cases some of the basic steps are missing. Looking at my own mLearning roll out, I now see much more elements that will support a good and strong adaption and roll out of any mobile project.
Here are 10 steps that make up my own mLearning strategy if I want to work on a new project, if you have additions, please add them via comment or social media
Full Text: @Ignatia Webs: Drawing up an #mLearning #strategy in 10 steps.

Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education

Fun with X-Rays and Gigantic Arms.

Aiham C. Korbage, MD, Harprit S. Bedi, MD
Department of Radiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Journal of the American College of Radiology
Volume 9, Issue 6 , Pages 426-429, June 2012
Purpose
The authors hypothesized that ownership of a mobile electronic device would result in more time spent learning radiology. Current trends in radiology residents’ studying habits, their use of electronic and printed radiology learning resources, and how much of the funds allotted to them are being used toward printed vs electronic education tools were assessed in this study.
Methods
A survey study was conducted among radiology residents across the United States from June 13 to July 5, 2011. Program directors listed in the Association of Program Directors in Radiology e-mail list server received an e-mail asking for residents to participate in an online survey. The questionnaire consisted of 12 questions and assessed the type of institution, the levels of training of the respondents, and book funds allocated to residents. It also assessed the residents’ study habits, access to portable devices, and use of printed and electronic radiology resources.
Results
Radiology residents are adopters of new technologies, with 74% owning smart phones and 37% owning tablet devices. Respondents spend nearly an equal amount of time learning radiology from printed textbooks as they do from electronic resources. Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that they would spend more time learning radiology if provided with tablet devices.
Conclusions
There is considerable use of online and electronic resources and mobile devices among the current generation of radiology residents. Benefits, such as more study time, may be obtained by radiology programs that incorporate tablet devices into the education of their residents.
Full Text: Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education.

Mobile Phones Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

Students texting

Cell phones are a terrific tool to support student engagement and achievement in reading and writing.  To follow are some ideas explaining how teachers are doing just that by using cell phones in the way they are most commonly used among youth — for texting and group texting.  We will also look at a newly emerging trend…using cell phones to write novels.
TEXTING
Our students are reading and writing more than ever. In the 21st century, this reading and writing often takes place through the lightening fast thumbs of teens.  Although some parents and teachers complain that text messaging is ruining the language, research is showing that it is, in fact, a benefit to students phonemic awareness, spelling, and use of words (Yarmey, 2011; Plester & Wood, 2008,  Malson & Tarica, 2011; Fresco, 2005; Dunnewind, 2003; Miners, 2009; McCarroll, 2005; Elder, 2009). When we rethink and revision what is happening when our teens and tweens text, all sorts of learning possibilities emerge.
[Great ideas of how to use texting in class, more suitable for secondary and tertiary students]
Full Text: The Innovative Educator: Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement with Reading and Writing.

28 Questions to Ask Before You Go Mobile

Questions for mLearning

For many organizations who want to dive into mobile learning, it’s not just about the desire to create and deliver mLearning for employees –it’s about how to do it and how to do it well. It is essential for organizations to explore their online e-Learning including motivations, needs, restraints and requirements for mobile delivery before the development process begins.
Explore these 28 mobile learning questions to equip yourself with the best strategy and e-Learning tools for successful mobile development and implementation:
Full Text: Before You Go Mobile: 28 Mobile Learning Questions to Ask.