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eLC Event: Location-aware applications and learning- 15 October 2013

14 October 2013

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Lynda Davies
30 September 2013

In the first eLearning Community event of the new academic year 2013/14, we will be looking at location-aware applications and location-aware learning. Distance learning is often characterised as anywhere, anytime learning, but location and place are important. We therefore wanted to explore how different eLearning projects at the OU use or think about location.

 Feel free to attend all or some of the talks. Further details and timings are below:

Date: 15 October 2013

Start time: 10:00 Finish time: 12:15

Location:  Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2

Programme details:

10.00 – 10.30: 'The Field Network System '  - Trevor Collins, KMi

The Field Network System provides a portable network and activity-specific website for supporting the collection, collation and interpretation of data while at a fieldwork location. Groups can freely access the website using any WiFi device with a web-standards compliant browser (such as a tablet or smartphone). The system is being developed through collaboration with the Field Studies Council, an environmental education charity that runs 17 field centres across the UK. The website automates the process of collating and presenting group datasets, so that groups can start to interpret their results while they are at the field site where they can contextualise their findings, rather than waiting until they return to a field centre to enter and process their data on computers. By enabling immediate and frequent feedback on their data collection activities, the system helps students to identify any errors in their data while they are collecting it, and offers an opportunity for tutors to monitor the students’ progress and target the support they provide accordingly. The ongoing collection of data in a standard digital format across centres over time will also provide further possibilities for making comparisons with archived datasets. In this presentation I’ll introduce the system, explain how it is being developed, and discuss the importance of location awareness from the perspective of outdoor learning. . 

10.30 – 11.00: 'Situ8: creating and sharing geolocated media' - Liz Fitzgerald, IET

This presentation will demonstrate the Situ8 platform and encourage participants to think how they might like to use it to support their own research and/or teaching and learning. Situ8 ( ) is a tool designed to enable the delivery and creation of geolocated user-generated content, referred to as Media Objects or MOs. It can be used for both formal and informal learning, citizen science and collection of fieldwork data. It is especially useful for carrying out initial field observations and capturing site descriptions but can also be used to upload and share fieldwork data (multimedia, text and numerical data). Users can also browse/download existing MOs and filter then according to date, author, subject and/or tag. 

11.00 – 11.15:  Coffee and tea 

11.15 – 11.45: 'iSpot' - Doug Clow and Will Woods, IET .

iSpot– a project which can be described as a social networking site for Natural History - has a shiny new Android app. Doug Clow and Will Woods will talk about latest developments in iSpot.

11.45 – 12.15:  'Maseltov' - Mark Gaved & Agnes Kukulska-Hume, IET.

MASELTOV is a three year European project exploring how smart phones can be used to support the social integration of recent immigrants to the EU. We are investigating how mobile phone apps might support the wellbeing and employment prospects of new citizens. The ubiquitous presence of smart phones enables us to consider what services can be offered that support daily activities and learning and can take advantage of inbuilt location aware sensors: language translation, cultural understanding and local information. However they also raise technical challenges and issues of privacy and trust. In our talk we’ll describe the services being developed and the challenges we are seeking to overcome.

If you would like to attend, please email

Please note this event is being recorded and can be viewed shortly after the session via Stadium

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