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Handheld and mobile devices - pedagogy and practice

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Kylie Matthews
16 March 2015

This event provides an update on what data have been collected about current use of mobile devices. We hear about distribution of devices as well as about how devices are being used pedagogically. Lastly, a specific example offers detailed insights - the European MASELTOV project addressing how informal mobile learning can be used to enhance social inclusion.

Date: 14th April 2015

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, Jennie Lee Building


  • 10:00 - 10:35 Mobile usage - where are we now? - Rhodri Thomas (IT Development: Learning, Media & Collaboration)

Rhodri will reprise some of the themes from past eLC mobile sessions, with regard to insight drawn from mobile metrics and analysis of the data available to us on student and tutor usage. Some comparisons will be made with mobile distribution and fragmentation from similar sectors, and how technological improvements elsewhere are providing opportunities – and challenges. Participants are encouraged to share their own findings to contribute to a shared understanding of our impact and how we are operating in the wider digital space.

  • 10:35 - 11:05 The pedagogy of handheld devices: OU student ownership, use and experience of handheld learning in 2014 - Simon Cross, Graham Healing & Mike Sharples (IET)

The E-Pedagogy (EPed) Project began in 2012 to monitor and understand how students are using and adapting newly emerging handheld technologies for learning. This paper will report on the results from the 2014 survey which received over 750 responses. Themes will include: ownership and regularity of use for study tasks, student perception of changing study habits, combinations of device use for study, preference for more/less use in future, and where devices are being used. Data will be mostly be presented by faculty or age group. The presentation will conclude by looking ahead and at emerging possibilities for longitudinal and spatial comparisons. Copies of an accompanying 8-page Summary Report will also be available.

  • 11:05 - 11:25 Coffee Break
  • 11:25- 12:00 Mobile Learning for inclusion of Recent Immigrants - Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris, Mark Gaved, Ann Jones, Andrew Brasher, Jan Jones and Eileen Scanlon (IET)

Social inclusion of recent immigrants is recognized as a significant challenge in many countries for both immigrants and the host communities. There is a pressing need for recent immigrants to acquire language skills in the host country’s official language or languages, including pragmatic or social use of language to build rapport with local residents. Since many immigrants rely on mobile phones to stay in touch with friends and family abroad and to obtain information about their surroundings, the phones are constant companions and can also be used deliberately for learning. The European project MASELTOV (, 2012-15) harnesses the potential of social, situated and opportunistic learning on mobile phones to enhance the social inclusion of immigrants. The MASELTOV consortium has developed a suite of smartphone services and tools packaged in an integrated app.  We consider how informal learning with a smartphone app has implications for the relationship between formal and informal learning, systems of learner support, the design of learning materials, and potential conflicts between technological affordances when learning takes place in multiple locations across the city. 



This event was recorded. It will be available to OU staff once IET-LTT have editted the recording. If you 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 be found along with details of previous events, slides, notes and/or recordings on Cloudworks.




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