||LTRI news - September to December 2010
JIME special issue on Open Educational Resources published
The JIME special issue on Open Educational Resources has been published. There is an introduction from Tom Boyle, and two papers featuring LTRI staff.
> Greaves, L., Roller, S., Bradley, C. Repurposing with a purpose: A story with a happy ending.
> Mei, Q., Boyle, T. Dimensions of Culturally Sensitive Factors in the Design and Development of Learning Objects.
All the papers are available in HTML and PDF formats. You can find them at http://jime.open.ac.uk/jime/issue/view/2010-OER
John Cook invited to be an Associate Editor for ICIS 2011
John has been invited to be an Associate Editor for the human behavior and IT track for 2011 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2011), to be held in Shanghai, China.
LTRI staff have papers accepted for CAL11
The following papers have been accepted for the Computers and Learning Conference in 2011 (CAL11). The theme for the conference is Learning Futures: Education, Technology & Sustainability. The accepted papers are:
> Bradley, C., Holley, D. What are they doing? How our students are informally using their mobile phones for learning.
> Cook, J., Treasure-Jones, T., Pachler, N. Using a Theory to Review and to Plan Mobile Learning Deployment.
> Greaves, L., Bradley, C., Holley, D. Learning Journeys: exploring approaches to learner digital literacy acquisition.
Conference website: http://www.cal-conference.elsevier.com/
LTRI staff contribute to new JISC Mobile and Wireless Technologies Review
A mobile and wireless review that was undertaken by Doug Belshaw of JISC infoNet for the JISC e-Learning programme. It will inform an ‘innovative practice’ guide to be published in 2011 alongside a mobile learning infoKit. John Cook was one of the people interviewed for the review, and papers by Claire Bradley and other LTRI staff are referenced in the review. The review is available online, and in a range of other formats (including PDF). 6/12/10
Andrew Ravenscroft has two book chapters accepted, awaiting publication
> Ravenscroft, A. (2010). Dialogue and Connectivism: A new approach to understanding and promoting dialogue-rich networked learning, International Review of Open and Distance Learning, Special Edition: Connectivism: Design and delivery of social networked learning. (Eds) George Siemens and Gráinne Conole.
> Ravenscroft, A., McAlister, S., & Sagar, M., (2010). Digital Dialogue Games and InterLoc: A Deep Leaning Design for Collaborative Argumentation on the Web, In Pinkwart, N. Educational Technologies for Teaching Argumentation Skills, Bentham Science E-Books.
Invitation to mLearn 2011 Programme Committee
LTRI's John Cook has been invited to serve on the Programme Committee (PC) of the 10th World Conference on Mobile and Context Learning (mLearn 2011) http://www.mlearn.org/mlearn2011. The Conference will be held 18-21 October 2011, in Beijing, China. It is hosted by Beijing Normal University (http://www.bnu.edu.cn/eng/) in collaboration with IAMLearn, the International Association for Mobile Learning (http://www.iamlearn.org/). mLearn was the first conference on mobile learning and is widely recognised as the premiere international conference on learning with mobile technologies and learning across contexts. Each year, it attracts a great number of participants from more than 60 countries representing all continents, and acts as a forum for knowledge sharing and transfer across cultures. 23/11/10
Our paper from the MoLeNET 2009 conference is included in the proceedings of Research Papers presented at the conference.
Bradley, C., Smith, C., Cook, J., and Pratt-Adams, S. (2010). Location and Context Sensitive Mobile Learning: The Evaluation of an Urban Education Tour. In proceedings of MoLeNET Mobile Learning Conference 2009, Research Papers, Guy Parker (Ed). pp 26-35, held London, December 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84572-989-9. Available from the LSN website
John Cook contributes to ALT's 'Technology in learning' working paper
ALT/ESRC TLRP-TEL Research Programme have put up their response to some evidence-seeking questions from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills about technology in learning. The document has a foreword by John Cook (LTRI & ALT Research Committee Chair) and Richard Noss (TLRP-TEL). John also wrote some of the content of the report. It is available in two formats.
1. As a PDF from the ALT Open Access Repository at http://repository.alt.ac.uk/839/
2. Implemented in Comment press by TEL's Katy Jordan at http://www.tlrp.org/tel/technologyinlearning/ In the latter format users can comment on the document at a very granular level. 11/11/10
EuroPLOT project begins
The first meeting of the EuroPLOT project took place at Leeds Metropolitan University, November 4-5. The project, 'Persuasive Learning Objects and Technologies for Lifelong Learning in Europe' is led by Leeds Metropolitan University, with partners in four European countries. A key part of this project is further developing and using GLO Maker by adding “persuasive learning patterns” and new components and activities. We will use these tools to create and then repurpose learning resources in four subject areas: language learning, environmental science, business computing and archival studies. The project will then evaluate the impact of the persuasive learning objects on learner engagement. The project started on November 1 2010. More info
2nd Deep Learning Design seminar, 18/11/10
The second LTRI seminar in 'Deep learning Design' series will be held on 18 November 2010, 11AM, TMG-61, North Title: Using Theory to Review and to Plan the Blending of Mobile Learning into Practice By John Cook, Learning Technology Research Institute and HALE. See slides: http://slidesha.re/brbzjB
mLeMan project begins
The kick-off meeting of the mLeMan project took place at Plovdiv University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, on October 27-28. The mLeMan project (m-Learning Manager) is a Leonardo da Vinci project, led by Plovdiv University in Bulgaria. Other mLeMan partners are from Ireland, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria. mLeMan started on October 1 2010 and runs for 24 Months. More info
John Cook has been invited to give a talk at Cranfield University, December 9. The title of the talk is 'Mobile learning and the ALPS project'.
A paper that Claire Bradley worked on with staff from TLTC and Debbie Holley which was presented at the 5th International Blended Learning Conference has been published in the conferenc proceedings.
Bradley, C., Weiss, M., Dobson, C., Holley, D. (2010). A little less conversation, a little more texting please - A blended learning model of using mobiles in the classroom, Proceedings of Fifth International Blended Learning Conference “Developing Blended Learning Communities”, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, 16 – 17 June 2010, pp 1-11. ISBN 978-1-907396-10-6. 11/11/10
LTRI hosts visit from SIM University in Singapore
LTRI were hosts to visitors from the SIM University in Singapore [http://www.unisim.edu.sg] on November 4, 2010. As part of a visit to a number of educational institutions in the UK, the group visited London Met, to learn from our practice. Presentations were given by LTRI staff on the GLO Maker learning object authoring tool and on recent mobile learning research and projects, two areas which they are particularly interested in. See slides on mobile learning research: http://slidesha.re/bv2WMP
Andrew Ravenscroft invited to expert panel
Andrew is an invited expert panel member for: Open Educational Quality Initiative - Research Workshop on Open Educational Practices November 8-9 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It is part of a larger initiative involving a group of European universities and international organizations, like UNESCO, ICDE and EFQUEL, which is called “Open Educational Quality Initiative”. 5/11/10
Journal article accepted
John Cook has had a journal article accepted, subject to minor revisions, for a Special Issue of JIME, Journal of Interactive Media in Education [http://jime.open.ac.uk/]. The title of the paper is 'Travelling Without Moving: Design-Based Research into Augmented Contexts for Development'. 5/11/10
Claire Bradley and Carl Smith re-invited onto Mobile Learning conference programme committee
Claire has been re-invited onto the conference committee for the IADIS Mobile Learning Conference 2011, to be held March 10-12, in Avila, Spain. The call for papers is open until October 29, 2010, and the theme of the conference is Mobile Lifelong Learning (mL3). http://www.mlearning-conf.org/ 14/10/10
Debbie Holley's and Claire Bradley's success at the ALT conference makes London Met's website news
News of Debbie and Claire's “Best Paper” award at the ALT-C conference in September in Nottingham has reached the London Met's website news page. The award was for their in-depth look at first-year business students’ mobile phone habits, in a paper titled “An analysis of first-year business students’ mobile phones and their use for learning”.
Link to full news story 12/10/10
Blended Learning Conference accepted for proceedings
A paper presented at the Fifth International Blended Learning conference at the University of Hertfordshire has been accepted for inclusion in the conference proceedings. The paper is 'A little less conversation, a little more texting please - A blended learning model of using mobiles in the classroom', by Claire Bradley, Mimi Weiss, Caroline Davies and Debbie Holley. The paper focuses on 3 case studies of use of 'TXT Tools' for learning within the University. The proceedings will be published electronically as a PDF document on the BLU website (date to be confirmed). BLU website | Conference website
mLearn 2010 presentation
Claire Bradley and Debbie Holley presented a paper at the 9th mLearn Conference in Malta, October 20-22.The paper was entitled 'How students in HigherEducation use their mobile phones for learning'. The paper includes some of the findings from their University SWAP funded project. The photo on the right shows the closing panel session on 'Where do we go from here'.
Conference website: http://www.mlearn2010.org/
Seminar on student usage of their mobile phones
Claire Bradley and Debbie Holley will be giving a seminar in the HERS (Higher Education Research Seminar) series on October 25th, at 12.30 in BEL1-12. The seminar is entitled 'Learning on the Move: exploring student usage of their mobile phones', and will be based on the paper presented at the mLearn conference the previous week. See abstract
See slides: http://slidesha.re/aV7xov
European Conference-Technology Enhanced Learning 2010, 28 September – 1 October, Barcelona
Two papers were presented at this conference on our MATURE project work:
> Ravenscroft, A., Schmidt, A, & Cook, J. (2010). Designing for Motivation in TEL: Relevance, Meaning and Value in Context.
> Kaschig, A., Maier, R., Sandow, A., Lazoi, M., Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Bradley, C., Brown, B., Kunzmann, C., Mazarakis, A., Schmidt, A. (2010). Knowledge Maturing Activities and Practices Fostering Organisational Learning: Results of an Empirical Study. This paper won the STELLAR Stakeholder Award at the conference.
Paper award and successful workshop at EC-TEL Conference
Claire Bradley was part of a team from the EC-funded MATURE project which won the STELLAR Stakeholder Award for their paper at the EC-TEL Conference (European Conference-Technology Enhanced Learning 2010), Barcelona, 28 September – 1 October, which had an acceptance rate of 16%. The paper was:
> Kaschig, A., Maier, R., Sandow, A., Lazoi, M., Barnes, S-A., Bimrose, J., Bradley, C., Brown, B., Kunzmann, C., Mazarakis, A., Schmidt, A. (2010). Knowledge Maturing Activities and Practices Fostering Organisational Learning: Results of an Empirical Study.
See the paper here: http://tinyurl.com/35pt2yx
Some extracts from the arguments: "The paper was chosen due to its ubiquity; the work [...] can help to address large-scale challenges in the areas of employment, economic success, an organizational competitiveness. Its insights regarding the links between Knowledge Maturing and the practical application of formal education have impressively broad base. [...] It was chosen not only because of an interesting and important topic, but also due to its comprehensible language. The paper was found to be highly relevant to formal education, continuing development, policy making, and ICT/TEL industry. Furthermore, the stakeholder advisory board found it to have high potential with regards to exploitability, scalability, and transferability across Europe, as well as globally. The work described in the paper was evaluated as highly innovative with regards to pedagogical, organizational, and socio-cultural aspects."
Andrew Ravenscroft was also part of a team from the project that ran a very successful workshop on Motivation. This paper was:
> Ravenscroft, A., Schmidt, A, & Cook, J. (2010). Designing for Motivation in TEL: Relevance, Meaning and Value in Context. In Motivational and Affective Aspects of Technology Enhanced Learning and Web 2.0 (MATEL).
John Cook a Blended Learning Consultant for HALE faculty
LTRI's John Cook becomes one of HALE's (the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Education) 6 Blended Learning Consultants or BLCs for 2010–11. John's specialism is student engagement and feedback in material design and participation: mobiles / forums / blogs / wikis. The main duties of the role are:
> To advocate the pedagogical and technological advantages of a blended learning approach to Learning and Teaching to colleagues in the faculty/university and to advise on technological parameters.
> To disseminate own area of expertise in blended learning amongst colleagues through demonstrations, papers, research, workshops etc.
> To support and advise subject teams on the continued development of blended learning plans.
The HALE BLCs jointly run a new Twitter account (@BLC_swimmers) which you can follow to keep abreast of their activities: http://twitter.com/BLC_swimmers (note the underscore). 29/9/10
Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship in Mobile Learning
LTRI is pleased to announce a Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship in Mobile Learning. For details and how to apply see here.
The link has documents that give full details of this proposed project: ‘Mobile phones as mediating tools for learning’. Contact Person: Professor John Cook John.Cook@londonmet.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 1 October 2010 (12pm midnight).
John Cook has journal article published
John Cook has a new publication out in the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL). The title is: ‘Mobile Phones as Mediating Tools within Augmented Contexts for Development’. Details and abstract
New EC-funded project - mLeMan
LTRI is a partner in a new EC-funded project called mLeMan (m-Learning Manager). This new Leonardo da Vinci project is led by Plovdiv University in Bulgaria and has a total budget of 475,351 euro. The total budget for LTRI is 84,731 euro or £70,657. John Cook leads for LTRI; Carl Smith will also work on the project. Other mLeMan partners are from Ireland, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria. mLeMan starts October 2010 and runs for 24 Months.
Successful European Lifelong Learning Bid
We are partners in a successful European Lifelong learning Bid called EuroPLOT (Persuasive Learning Objects and Technologies for Lifelong Learning in Europe), worth 500,000 Euros. A key part of this project is further developing and using GLO Maker. The project is led by Janet Finlay at Leeds Metropolitan University, with partners in four European countries. EuroPLOT will extend GLO Maker by adding “persuasive learning patterns” and new components and activities. We will use these tools to create and then repurpose learning resources in four subject areas: language learning, environmental science, business computing and archival studies. The project will then evaluate the impact of the persuasive learning objects on learner engagement. The start date has yet to be finalised, but it should be in late 2010.
John Cook co-chair for ALT-C 2011
LTRI's John Cook and Sugata Mitra (from Newcastle University) have been announced as Co-Chairs for the UK's premier e-learning conference ALT-C in 2011. The theme is 'Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate'. Time, the social tide, the expectations of learners, and economic pressure at organisational level will themselves be a driving force for innovation. The scope for people in our community to make a difference is great. The 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September 2011. See flyer for conference [PDF].
Conference website: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2011/
Carl Smith gave Research seminar
Carl gave a presentation on his PhD work at the Wednesday Computing Research Seminar series, on 22/9/2010. His presentation was entitled ‘(Re)Designing Knowledge Space using Augmented and Mixed Reality Techniques’. See abstract and biog
John Cook has journal article accepted
LTRI's John Cook had a paper accepted, with colleagues, for the international journal 'E-Learning and Digital Media'. The paper is called: "Ubiquitous Mobility with Mobile Phones: A Cultural Ecology for Mobile Learning" One reviewer commented that addressing minor revisions would "make a strong paper even stronger". The Special Issue editor Prof. Norm Friesen (Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices) described the paper as an "excellent contribution". Full reference:
Cook, J., Pachler, N. and Bachmair, B. (accepted). Ubiquitous Mobility with Mobile Phones: A Cultural Ecology for Mobile Learning. E-Learning and Digital Media. Special Issue on Media: Digital, Ecological and Epistemological. (Email John for a pre-print)
Carl Smith invited to give keynote presentation
Every year at Durham University, the learning technologies team organise and host an annual blackboard users conference. The conference is inclusive of all forms of learning technology and is very well attended by an average of 150 delegates. The selected theme this year is "Location, Location, Location" exploring the use of location independent, dependent and distance learning technologies. Previous keynotes have included Ron Dearing, Gilly Salmon and Martin Weller. The conference is due to be held on 6th and 7th January 2011. Carl has been invited to give the keynote on his mobile learning and location based research. More details to follow.
Claire Bradley and Debbie Holley win 'Best paper award' at ALT-C
Claire and Debbie won the 'Best paper award' at the ALT-C conference held in Nottingham. Debbie was presented with a certificate at the conference gala dinner on Wednesday night. The paper is:
Bradley, C., Holley, D. (2010). An analysis of first-year business students’ mobile phones and their use for learning. In, Creanor, L., Hawkridge, D., Ng, K., Rennie, F. (Eds). “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change, pp 89-98. The 17th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2010). Held 7–9 September 2010, University of Nottingham, England, UK.
For more details see: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2010/latest.php
The paper is available from: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/797/ 9/9/10
Carl Smith to participate in the EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium
Carl has been invited to participate in the EC-TEL 2010 Doctoral Consortium. His submission "An Investigation into the Augmentation of Learning Contexts using Mixed Reality Applications" has been accepted. A key aspect of the doctoral consortium is the review process. Carl will not only benefit from reviews of his PHD research by other senior academics but will also benefit from reviewing other PHD students papers. Carl has also been awarded funding to take part in the consortium and conference by the European Network of Excellence, STELLAR. EC-TEL 2010 is the Fifth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning and will take place in Barcelona from 28th September-1st October. Further information: http://www.ectel2010.org/
ALT-C 2010, University of Nottingham, September 7-9
LTRI presented a Symposium, a Full paper, a Workshop and a Poster at this year's ALT-C Conference.
> Symposium: Ravenscroft, A., Boyle, T., & Cook. (2010). Deep Learning Design for Technology Enhanced Learning: Addressing Profound Shifts in the Learning-Teaching Landscape
> Full paper: Bradley, C., and Holley D. (2010). An analysis of first-year business students' mobile phones and their use for learning. This paper won the award for 'Best proceedings paper' at the conference.
> Workshop: Boyle, T., and Bradley, C. GLO Maker 2 - a free, user-friendly authoring tool for creating rich, multimedia learning objects
> Workshop: With the ALPS CETL. Treasure-Jones, T., Murphy, K., Cook, J., Frith, G., Kapdi, A. and Taylor, J. (2010). Navigating Through the Storm – Using Theory to Plan Mobile Learning Deployment
> Paper: Windle, R., Wharrad, H., and Bradley, C. (2010). Do tutors make good learning designers? Large-scale evaluation of e-learning resources produced by tutors.
> Poster: GLO Maker: A tool for easily authoring generative learning objects (GLOs)
Conference website: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2010/
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