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wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile


Earlier this year, myself and Jason Curtis (our Learning Technologist), initiated a new Mobile Project which aimed to explore and potentially increase the use of mobile technologies in the work based learning sector. This involved awarding successful bidders small amounts of funding which could be used to buy mobile devices that would enhance aspects of the learner journey.

The eleven successful applicants that were chosen to take part have now purchased and evaluated their chosen mobile devices and reported their findings back to us.

The report below summarises what these providers found, highlighting what technology they bought, what were the main challenges, what benefits were gained and what their plans are now after using their chosen device. Click the image for the report.

The illustration below offers a snapshot of what was bought by the group and shows just how varied their choice of technology was. (Click the image to enlarge.)

More details and full project information is now available on our supporting project wiki page. This includes a snapshot of who bought what and why.

We hope you find our findings useful in your own technology choices.

To read more of Wobble click here.

via wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile.

Steve Jobs – Innovation, inspiration and imagination.


Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs 1955 ~ 2011

Explore A New Learning Frontier: MOOC by Inge de Waard : Learning Solutions Magazine


A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. It is a gathering of participants, of people willing to jointly exchange information and collaboratively enhance their knowledge.

Over 10,000 learners worldwide have participated in MOOCs on a variety of topics. MOOCs appeal to knowledge workers, trainers, and teachers. Why? Because MOOCs enable a high-end knowledge exchange to occur. It is a learning model that fits expert training, interdisciplinary learning, ad hoc education — any type of learning that allows information to flow within a network of peers.

Read more via Explore A New Learning Frontier: MOOC by Inge de Waard : Learning Solutions Magazine.

wobble: Lessons Learned – Learning Journey Made Mobile


Many Thanks to Theresa Welch, an E-Learning Advisor working for the Regional Support Centre (RSC), West Midlands who wrote the following on her wobble blog on Thursday, 23 June 2011

“Earlier this year, myself and Jason Curtis (our Learning Technologist), initiated a new Mobile Project which aimed to explore and potentially increase the use of mobile technologies in the work based learning sector. This involved awarding successful bidders small amounts of funding which could be used to buy mobile devices that would enhance aspects of the learner journey. The eleven successful applicants that were chosen to take part have now purchased and evaluated their chosen mobile devices and reported their findings back to us. The report below summarises what these providers found, highlighting what technology they bought, what were the main challenges, what benefits were gained and what their plans are now after using their chosen device. Click the image for the report.

The illustration below offers a snapshot of what was bought by the group and shows just how varied their choice of technology was. (Click the image to enlarge.)

More details and full project information is now available on our supporting project wiki page. This includes a snapshot of who bought what and why.We hope you find our findings useful in your own technology choices.

To read more of Wobble click here.”

 

>inspirED – RIP


>A sad moment in time as Futurelab publishes the final issue of inspirED – this collection of news and stories gathered from all corners of the internet ha sbeen an interesting read for some time now.

For future updates on innovative approaches to education, technology and learning Futurelab has created Education Eye.

See the final issue of inspirED on the Futurelab website.

>Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation


>I have just been reading this article on the Becta Emerging Technologies website.

“Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation” is a report on end-user innovation as a crucial approach to developing new practices and approaches.

This report recognises that the practice of creating solutions to individual problems, on an individual level, is an act of innovation. But also that learning from these individual acts can support wider, system level innovation – not through rolling-out the innovation that occurred on the individual level, but by supporting greater numbers of local level ‘end-user innovators’.

Existing studies have examined barriers to innovation for both institutions and the individuals who operate in them. Increasingly they have highlighted the interactivity of factors that are considered barriers to innovation. The relationship between each of these areas is unique to each school and each innovation.

Presented in this review are two models to explore this the ‘Distance and Dependence’ model, and the ‘Layers of Influence’ model. Initially the Distance and Dependence model gives clarity to understanding such educational innovations in context, by depicting how an innovation can be understood as its distance from current practice and dependence on available resources.

Click here to read more about “Overcoming the barriers to educational innovation” and download the report.

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