Mobile Learning: Innovative Research Topics and Applications

Seminar and Workshop: Mobile Learning Research in Specific Disciplines


Prof. Gwo-Jen Hwang
Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Prof. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He is also Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the university. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 1991. Prof. Hwang serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals of educational technology and e-learning. He has also been the principal investigator of more than 100 research projects funded by the National Science Council and the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous learning, digital game-based learning, adaptive learning, and artificial intelligence in education. Currently, he is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technology (SSCI), the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (Scopus), and the editor-in-chief of Journal of Computers in Education. He has also served as the guest editor of Educational Technology & Society (SSCI), Educational Technology Research & Development (SSCI) and Interactive Learning Environments (SSCI).

Prof. Hwang has published more than 500 academic papers, including more than 200 journal papers and 300 conference papers. Among those publications, more than 120 papers are published in SSCI journals. Owing to his excellent reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan in the years 2007, 2010 and 2013. Moreover, he has been invited to be keynote speaker at many international conferences in the past decade.

Seminar: Mobile Learning Research in Specific Disciplines
Date: 23 August 2016 (Tuesday)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: D0309, 3/F, Jubilee College, the Open University of Hong Kong, 81 Chung Hau Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]
Mobile learning has been recognized as one of the promising research areas in technology-enhanced learning. The use of mobile, wireless communication and sensing technologies in institutional settings or enterprise training has been widely discussed and applied in the past decades. On the other hand, researchers have indicated the challenges and importance of considering the disciplinary characteristics and learning objectives when designing mobile learning research and activities for various disciplines. The aim of this seminar is to review the current states of mobile learning studies and their design considerations for specific disciplines. To this end, practical applications of mobile learning studies for different disciplines are introduced in this seminar, such as their applications in social studies, natural science, chemistry, language learning, computer engineering, nursing education, and architecture design courses. Moreover, the experience and thinking of conducting these mobile learning studies as well as the promotion of the research results to nation-wide institutional settings are presented. It is expected that, via systematically examining and comparing these mobile learning studies, this seminar can inspire researchers and academics to discover interesting research issues and to design effective mobile learning approaches for practical applications in the future.

Workshop: Demonstration of Mobile Learning Research in Specific Disciplines
Date: 23 August 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Venue: D0309, 3/F, Jubilee College, the Open University of Hong Kong, 81 Chung Hau Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]
Abstract: The aim of this workshop is to foster researchers’ and/or academics’ competences of developing innovative research plans and effective activities of mobile learning in specific disciplines. Various aspects of designing innovative mobile learning research are introduced, including the lead-in of new technologies (e.g., augmented reality), the investigation of seldom-discussed issues (e.g., behavioral patterns), the lead-in of new strategies or tools (e.g., problem-posing strategies, knowledge construction tools), the use of mobile learning approaches for seldom-considered subjects (e.g., gifted students, students with different learning styles), and the use of mobile learning approaches in particular domains (e.g., nursing education). In addition, the details, including the experimental procedure, learning contexts, measuring tools and findings, of several representative studies are demonstrated based on these aspects. Following that, practice is given to guide the audience to design a mobile learning research plan.

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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