Akmaral Kuatbayeva, Kazakh National University

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Daniyar Sapargaliyev
29 January 2015

I am writing this position paper for applying to workshop “Implementing mobile learning in Kazakhstan: Combining British experience and Kazakhstan possibilities. Studying mobile learning projects and initiatives in the United Kingdom and creating appropriate conceptions and strategies for Kazakhstan” due dates: February 11st-February 13, 2015

At present time I’m a full-hour tutor at CS department  Mechanics and Mathematics faculty al-Farabi Kazakh National university, also in 2014 I had finished the academic study in PhD and will defend my thesis in 2015.

From 2011- present time in bachelors I have give lessons for next subjects:

  1. Algorithmization and programming bases
  2. Algorithms and data structure
  3. Geoinformatics
  4. Informational technologies
  5. Informational technologies for professional aims
  6. Computer networks
  7. Reliability and Fault-tolerance in software systems
  8. Object-oriented design and analysis
  9. Operational systems
  10. Computational systems and networks organization
  11. Information security  bases
  12. Programming
  13. C++ language programming
  14. API usage programming
  15. Design computer networks
  16. System programming
  17. Real-time systems
  18. The information theory
  19. Operation systems development technology
  20. Programming technology
  21. Programming languages and technologies

This subjects in future could be presented as mobile education for university, The workshop “Implementing mobile learning in Kazakhstan: Combining British experience and Kazakhstan possibilities. Studying mobile learning projects and initiatives in the United Kingdom and creating appropriate conceptions and strategies for Kazakhstan” will give me new skills and research knowledge inside mobile education, possibility to knew more about British traditions in mobile education and standards, receive new contacts, meet new colleagues and work with professional researchers and mentors team.

I’ll find out more about next:

The impact of language and culture  inside mobile education

Strategy and policy, institution and sector for mobile education as at British example

Research paradigms and approaches

Research techniques and methods

Research ethics, emergent and cross-cultural

Contextual, situated and authentic learning

The challenges of scale, equity, sustainability and embedding

The sociologies of mobility

Future directions, possibilities, demographics and technologies

I believe it’ll be a great possibility for  me to take part in  this workshop

Thanks a lot for considering my application for  Workshop “Implementing mobile learning in Kazakhstan: Combining British experience and Kazakhstan possibilities. Studying mobile learning projects and initiatives in the United Kingdom and creating appropriate conceptions and strategies for Kazakhstan”.

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Mobile  and mobility is the Future of everything and UNN Mobile learning strategy is a good start according UNN Global Aims of Millenium worldwide.

M-learning term  refer specifically to learning that is facilitated and enhanced by the use of digital mobile devices that can be carried and used anywhere and anytime. Such devices include:

  • feature phones
  • smartphones
  • tablet computers
  • e-book readers
  • portable digital media players (eg iPods, MP3 players)
  • RFID readers
  • wearable devices (point of view glasses etc).

While laptop and netbook computers may also be used to facilitate mobile learning, the focus of mobile learning is on devices that are primarily handheld or worn, and can generally be identified by their relatively small screen, lack of standard keyboard and highly portable nature.

M-learning makes the most of the potential for learning to take place anywhere, both beyond and in conjunction with formal learning settings, in places such as the workplace, home and outdoors.   It recognizes that both the learner and the practitioner/teacher may be mobile and that the broad ownership of and access to mobile devices allows them to take advantage of immediate access and connectivity, and in context Information.

The  main  questions for M-learning should answer are next: Mobile learning theory, key aspects of it, where technologies come from, technologies usage, representation, audience (student’s interest), teaching audience how to work and implement their knowledge through mobile  learning.

Standards for mobile learning should be set so that high-quality mobile learning materials are developed and learning materials can be shared among educational organizations via Dropbox or Shared/Virtual drives.

For example through search in AppStore – for “mobile learning” there are near 2180  search results, either at GooglePlay store there are near 4000 search results. It shows that widely spread for technologies development had given growth for mobile learning.

In Kazakhstan Republic there were more than 355.000  smarthphones in 2012 year,  at present this count had increased to 900.000 smartphones at the middle of 2014.

Mobile learning’s security could be organized via QR codes, educational sites and apps, gaming, text messaging, cards, flashcards, etc.

Worldwide there are next models of mobile learning:

  • Web model – based on web accessible servers with apps assigned.
  • App Model   - based on AppStores and crossplatform.
  • Cellular model – based for Tabs.

Basically mobile education requires two types of model:

  • Informal language based  (Cripke structure).
  • Formal  language based  (CTL and LTL logics, Fuzzy logic).

  Nowadays there are many different mobile learning strategies to increase learner interaction:

  • Ubiquitous learning environment based  on BYOD design (switch between devices)
  • User-friendly one button access learning environment
  • Self-directed learning strategy
  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning activity
  • Provide clear course time-table
  • Increase digital skills at learners
  • Tailor mobile content  to their current possibilities
  • Overall learning motivation
  • Human-mobile interaction
  • Safe learning environment
  • Safe discussion area
  • Watch over the group-size
  • Intellectual topics through icebreaker exercise
  • Brain storm and case solver tasks
  • Meaningful,contextualized, generic, topic related interactions
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Upgrade learner’s  diversity level .

By the way due mobile learning it’s necessary to analyze and measure it’s potential, which could be performed through next analytics tools for mobile: Tin Can API, Google Analytics, Flurry,etc (could be used to measure according LMS standard).

Due my Ph.D. research I had analyzed several applications according my topic  for situational room modeling.  The mobile learning technologies could improve the knowledge of experts in each situation running due expert session inside situational rooms.

Due  teaching at bachelors stage next subjects: Algorithmization and programming bases, Algorithms and data structure, Geoinformatics, Informational technologies, Informational technologies for professional aims, Computer networks, Reliability and Fault-tolerance in software systems, Object-oriented design and analysis, Operational systems, Computational systems and networks organization, Information security  bases, Programming, C++ language programming,API usage programming, Design computer networks, System programming, Real-time systems, The information theory, Operation systems development technology, Programming technology,Programming languages and  technologies  had   given some modules to develop and study by mobile technologies.

The developing mobile applications from 3rd course  in bachelority had given more profit to students and  had improved   their skills inside mobile learning and mobile apps design.                     

Due the workshop at ALMA university with Wolverhampton university under  Newton-al-Farabi  Program (British Council with Science fund’s support) author had received new skills for mobile learning technologies from UK and Kazakhstan colleagues.

Akmaral Kuatbayeva
17:53 on 5 March 2015

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