There is an open online course available for all network staff in Higher Education. There are certainly opportunities here to engage with Mobile Learning as part of this course either as a contributor or as a learner.
FOS stands for Flexible, Open and Social Learning and is a CPD course for professionals who teach or support learning in higher education. FOS will be offered for the first time in July 2015 over 5 days, from the 13th to the 17th.. The course space will be available a few days before we start.
FOS topics are
- Digital literacy and identity
- Flexible pedagogies
- Supporting learning
- Communities and collaboration
- Open Education
If you are interested in FOS and would like to join a community of distributed practitioners in HE to share practices, ideas and learn more about FOS and how this relates to your practice, join us here.
The University of Hull is currently offering up to 80 PhD scholarships starting in September 2015 and two of these are in mobile learning, supervised by Dr. Kevin Burden from the Faculty of Education. One in particular is relevant to the work of this network since it seeks to explore how the partners (University and College) are using mobile and augmented technologies to support learning. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will research the initial formation of the network and will work with partners across the Federation to support and research aspects of mobile learning in their institutions. Further details can be found below:
In March 2015 the Digital technologies and Mobile Learning network will launch its first ever ‘Mobile March’ event bringing together mobile learning activities, demonstrations, training courses and much more in each of the partner organizations. The idea will be to provide a smorgasbord of mobile learning activities held in each of the different institutions across the month of March 2015. Watch this space for more news in the New Year
On Monday 20th October 90 participants from the University of Hull and Federation of Partner Colleges met at the Lawns Conference Centre for the launch of the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network. The network aims to support teachers, lecturers and institutions in integrating the use of mobile technologies in teaching, learning scholarly activity and research.
During the one conference to launch the network delegates enjoyed a variety of different activities including presentations, keynotes, workshops and practical demonstrations from teachers and lecturers using mobile technologies in their own teaching.
Some comments from delegates:
Excellent opportunity to share ideas and interesting approaches to pedagogy across the institutions involved.
Some good discussions with like minded people who are willing to partner on a network on this kind.
The availability to actually meet new faces and create contacts. It is an important aspect since I am new within the area. Hopefully all the faces I have met today will be familiar soon. The most valuable topic was Padlet, really nice collaborative tool.
The time given to practice the apps/technology discussed really helps to cement the usage and confidence of using the technology.