Mike Sharples – European Mobile Learning SIG meeting


Mike started by asking how many people were not members of the SIG – quite a lot so he put up the website and gave some background to the mobile learning sig  

Pointed people at the website. http://mlearning.noe-kaleidoscope.org/Encouraged them to join – free membership currently.The meeting is not just a presentation – but to discuss the way forward for the sig.

There are lots of papers on mobile learning: these can be found here:


Mike listed the priorities and mentioned that there are currently 92 members but judging by the popularity of this meeting, there will soon me many more.Mentioned the Big Issues Report from last year’s workshop in June in Nottingham. He’d brought 20 copies, expecting about 20 people to turn up. The room is full to bursting so I guess it will be first come first served 🙂  . It’s also available from the website as a PDF.There are events in planning – PhD student workship in Denmark, kaleidoscope symposium in Berlin.

At this point Mike invited Kaleidoscope members to come up and presented some of the research:

Mobile Learning Towards a Research Agenda, by Norbert Pachler. Norbert came down to talk about it. http://www.wlecentre.ac.uk/cms/files/occasionalpapers/mobilelearning_pachler2007.pdfCall for papers and expression of interest Research methods in informal and mobile learning: how to get the data we really want.14th Dec 2007John Traxler – this year.Said that Microsoft were aware that mobile learning was growing and realised that this had a business relevance for them.MoLeNET launch – up from 6 to 8 million pounds over the weekendIdentified increasing awareness of the importance and ubiquitousness of mobile devices.  Talked about the increasing number of mobile learning conferences occurring in Africa, and pointed out the increasing awareness of the importance of mobile learning in the corporate sector.Learning Lab at Wolverhampton University – John is now one of the controllers of this and is directing it towards mobile learning.John is involved in projects in Kenya and South Africa. Ministry of Education – SEMA evaluation soon, Ministry of Youth Affairs, liiking into disengaged youth, possibly. Bio-vision – launched yesterday. Connecting farmers out in the fields using this resource. Highlighted the fact that in Africa they’re not going for mobile learning in reaction to anything else as they don’t have a history of other methods of connection.TRIGONE/LIFL – Noce TeamP-LearNet project was started early 2007

Funded by French national research agency for 3 years. Focused on the use of pervasive technologies for learning in the context of professional activities. Experimenting with sellers, postal services and the medical sector http://p-learnet.univ-lille1.fr  Primarily a research project.

Co-operation in Learning Communities

Fabula – Wireless technologies to support learning geographies in the sity.

Motus – Moble learners @ the university

astra – Pervasive awareness applications to support connectedness.

NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Mark Kramer researching mobile learning in Salzberg. Determining the Future of Mobile Learing on individual and collaborative learning practices. A delphi study.

Went through some of the fascinating research they’re engaged in – mobile addiction 🙂 Think we all probably suffer from that. Mobile healthcare. Usability testing, Citizen media – looking at using mobile devices for mobile blogging and distributing news in real time.

Chris Dennett from University of Wolverhampton.

Last year – project Bluetooth to get information to student’s own technology (mobile phones) without using sms which costs money. It’s out and running and results expected soon.

This year – Spatial and temporal context aware systems, developed out of the mobilearn project but using a different approach. Context aware classroom using wireless senseor network technology. “Classroom in a suitcase” Using active badges, worn by students to detect their proximity to points of interest.  Continuation across multiple environments using a rule-based engine to infer topics of interest. Live transmission to user owned handsets and creation of automatic multimedia blog online. Using a sort of podcast to create information that will be picked up by other people as they go round. Kind of collaborative creation of content. It is somewhat similar to active badges.

Next came Ericsson Mobile learning projects. Implementing thinkings on pedagogy on mobile learning projects. For example, the impact of new technologies on distance learning students. CONTSENS project using wireless technologies for context sensitive education and training starting Jan 08

Research includes the definition of a pedagogical framework for the development of mobile learning courseware. http://www.ericsson.com/ericsson/corpinfo/programs/index.shtml bernadette.simpson@ericsson.com

Next, Suzannah – Towards ad Philosophy of mobile learning


Darn – pretty much out of battery and not a socket in sight. Lots still going on but can’t write any more on dying laptop 🙁

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