Mobile Learning: Innovative Research Topics and Applications

Events on Theories of Mobile Learning and their Applications


Dr David Parsons
National Postgraduate Director
The Mind Lab by Unitec

Dr David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab by Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand. He holds a PhD in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, and has wide experience of academia and the IT industry in the UK and Australasia. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and author of many chapters and articles on various aspects of mobile learning. He has edited several books, including ‘Innovative Mobile Learning: Techniques and Technologies’ (2009) and the forthcoming ‘Mobile and Blended Learning Innovations for Improved Learning Outcomes’ (2016). His contributions to the mobile learning research community include chairing the Mobile Learning Technologies and Applications conference at Massey University in 2007, co-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation in 2009 and acting as research track chair for the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning in 2013. He is a member of the International Association for Mobile Learning, an executive committee member of Australia New Zealand Mobile Learning, and a professional member of the British Computer Society.

Seminar on Theories of Mobile Learning and their Applications
Date: 27 April 2016 (Wednesday)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: A1217, 12/F, Block A, the Open University of Hong Kong, 30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]
There is no single theory of mobile learning. Rather, there are many learning theories that can be applied to the different aspects of mobility. This seminar will cover a range of different theories related to mobile learning, along with their effectiveness and limitations, and their applications to mobile learning research. We will begin with an exploration of theory, and what types of theories have been applied to mobile learning research now and in the past. Central to understanding the role of theory is the investigation of the affordances and factors that make mobile learning different from other educational experiences. Mobile learning affordances are based on a three way relationship between the device features, the environment, and the way that the learner interacts with both of these. Specific affordances include portability, communication, active learning and interactive contexts. In each of these dimensions, different aspects of theory may be applied, for example constructivism, connectivism and communities of practice. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to explore the characteristics of different theories, and relate these to different mobile learning affordances. We will examine some examples of past mobile learning projects to see to what extent these relationships exist in the literature. They will then be used to consider the objectives of future innovative mobile learning research projects and propose some new initiatives. The seminar will be a combination of presentation and group activities that will capture important ideas from the discussion in digital form. Attendees are therefore encouraged to bring their digital devices to the session.

Workshop on Illustration of Applying Theories in Mobile Learning Research
Date: 27 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Venue: A1217, 12/F, Block A, the Open University of Hong Kong, 30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]
Abstract: This workshop will illustrate how theories of mobile learning research have been applied by looking at some relevant case studies that explore a range of different approaches to mobile learning. The workshop will begin with some examples of how different theories have been applied to mobile learning, and how each of these theories compares. A number of tools that may be used for implementing mobile learning experiences will be briefly introduced. Following the introduction, participants will be distributed into small groups to engage in various mobile learning activities. These sessions will comprise of an indoor mobile learning activity using augmented reality, an outdoor mobile learning activity using geolocation and sensors, and the creation of a learning artefact using mobile digital tools. Experiences and outputs from these activities will be shared along with a follow up discussion and feedback session. For the last part of the workshop, participants will explore the potential learning outcomes from different types of mobile learning activity, and examine what theories might be relevant to these outcomes. We will conclude with some reflections on how the outcomes from the workshop might be applied in future mobile learning research. The workshop activities will be based on using mobile devices for learning, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices to the session.

Enquiries: Hoyee Auyeung (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6051
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
School of Professional Education and Executive Development, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/15).

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