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eLC Event: Mobile devices: what type and combinations do students and tutors welcome for L&T? - 11 February 2014

11 February 2014

Location: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

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Lynda Davies
3 February 2014

Mobile devices: what type and combinations do students and tutors welcome for L&T?

This event focuses on data emerging from analytics reports, qualitative research focusing on the student voice, and tutor practitioners’ experiences about the range or combination of mobile devices they own, and how they are using these to shape their OU L & T experience. We aim to explore student and tutor views concerning:

  • what affordances are welcomed
  • what combinations work well, and
  • what if any barriers there may be to using particular devices or formats.

This should be of interest to those involved in designing and delivering L & T using mobile devices. 

Programme details:

Date: 11 February 2014

Time: 10:00 - 12:15

Location: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

Feel free to attend all or some of the talks

  • 10:00 - 10:45 Mobile Impact: 2013 and onward (Rhodri Thomas)
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Coffee
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Do students study and learn differently using eReaders? (Anne Campbell)
  • 11:45 - 12:15 Mobile devices: Perspectives of a remote and rural AL (Tamsin Smith) 

This event will be recorded and can be viewed shortly after the session via Stadium.  If you plan to attend, have any queries or wish to suggest a future event, please email  Details of future eLC events will be made available nearer each session and can also be found along with details of previous events, slides, notes and/or recordings on Cloudworks and the Knowledge Network.

Mobile Impact: 2013 and onward

Rhodri Thomas, Learning Systems Team, IT

Rhodri will create a detailed and up-to-date snapshot with data collected via a range of VLE analytic tools and other sources. Event slides

Do students study and learn differently using eReaders?

Researchers: Anne Campbell, George Callaghan, David McGarvie, Michelle Hynd and Alison Gilmour, from The OU in Scotland

In the past few years there has been an explosion in the use of eReaders in the UK population, and a simultaneous growth in interest in mobile learning in the HE sector. A recent survey within our own institution found that 50% of postgraduates own or have access to an e-Reader or tablet, and 60% of those students use the device at least once a week for studying (Sharples & Cross, 2012). Patterns of use may well be similar in our undergraduate population. However, understanding how students actually use eReaders to learn is a relatively neglected part of this surge of interest in mobile learning. This presentation will report results from a small research study investigating the use of Kindles for learning by two groups of Level 1 OU students in Science and Social Science.  Study diary and interview data will be presented to illustrate key themes emerging, including evidence of changing study patterns and evidence that concentration levels may be enhanced for some students when reading text on these devices. Event slides

Mobile devices: Perspectives of a remote and rural AL

Tamsin Smith, AL Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides


Event slides

  • AL experiences of using the Kindle
  • Key functions which aid Teaching and Learning from an AL's perspective
  • Mobile devices functionality in the future

If you would like to attend, please e-mail

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