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Mobile Learning and Pedagogy - 5 November 2015

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Kylie Matthews
13 October 2015

Date: Thursday 5 November 2015

Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Venue: Library Seminar Rooms 1&2


  • 10:00-11:00 - Location Based Learning - key findings from two Milton Keynes field trials (MASELTOV and SALSA)  and possible implications for OU Teaching - Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Mark Gaved & Alice Peasgood (IET)

The EU funded MASELTOV project (2012-2015) and OU SALSA project (2014-2015) have been exploring how smartphones might support social intergration and language leaning for recent migrants. In each case, an app was developed and a field trail was run in Milton Keynes with target learners.

Both MASELTOV and SALSA apps have funtionalities that took into account the location in which they were used, and learners were asked about how they interacted with their environment when considering learning. MASELTOV explored incidental learning that occured during daily activities, and SALSA explored how learners might make use of resources triggered by specific locations around Milton Keynes. In each case, learning in the lived environment was identified as adding value to classroom based teaching, and a number of different strategies to interacting with location based (and in MASELTOV's case) social aspects of the learning activites were identified.

OU Educators may consider lessons learned about the benefits and challenges of providing learning activities intended to be used during daily activities on smartphones, and learners' strategies for interacting with such resources.

  • 11:00-11:15 - Coffee Break
  • 11:15-11:45 - Pedagogy of eBooks project: recent results in relation to study patterns - Simon Cross & Mike Sharples (IET)

This session will present a quantitative and qualitative analysis from the 2013 and 2014 IET surveys of student learning using handheld technologies (E-Ped Project). It will look at factors such as change in study habitls, numbers of study tasks performed, student experiences and student age, and will combine insights from a review of open text comments from 200 OU students and correlation analysis. This represents a more in-depth analysis than previously presented and is intended to prompt debate around what learning with mobile devices may need scrutiny in future surveys.

  • 11:45-12:15 - nQuire-IT - Mike Sharples & Thea Herodotou (IET)

The nQuire-it web-based platform for inquiry based science learning will be presented. n-Quire-it allows individuals or groups to create 'missions' for exploring aspects of science and nature or take part in other people's missions by adding, liking or commenting on data. The platform hosts three different types of missions. One type of mission is 'Sense-it' which connects with an app on Andriod mobile devices. This app can access any sensor on a given phone or tablet so it can be used to collect and share data. In this presentation, a set of  'citizen inquiry' missions for exploring weather and climate that engaged amateur and expert meteorologists will be described andimplications for learning and teaching will be discussed.

  • 12:15-12:30 - Discussion/Close



This event was recorded and is available via Stadium. 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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