- A project at Exeter is using augmented reality to reveal a 'hidden curriculum.' Smartphones and tablets have cameras and GPS which mean they know where they are and can interact with the world. Augmented reality superimposes data and information on the view through a mobile device’s camera. The Exeter project uses Layar software on iPad, iPhone and Android to provide on-site information about the biodiversity of the university campus. Similar projects have focused on interpretation of historic sites, including the Berlin Wall.
- Exeter is alo using audience response systems to increase student participation, provide immediate feedback on learning and learning preferences, stimulate large group discussion and facilitate classroom ‘experiments’. Turning Point software and hardware was demonstrated – first year students at Exeter receive a free ‘clicker’ in their induction pack.
- Emma Whittaker from South Devon College gave a presentation focused on an Interactive Learning Narrative (ILN) developed by media studies students, as an iPhone app. The narrative is experienced via the app in a specific geographical area, with story elements presented in locations identified using GPS.
- John Traxler (University of Wolverhampton) presented a series of exemplars of projects which have demonstrated the potential and impact of mobile technologies (including phones and PDAs) in a variety of settings, including the developing world. He made the point, however, that despite their success, most projects were difficult to scale-up and few were sustainable in the long term. A way forward appeared to be to take advantage of the fact that many (most?) students in HE (and schools?) now have access to personal devices with features which may facilitate mobile learning (m-learning), e.g. GPS, internet connectivity, social networking. A cumulative effect might be achieved leading to learning informed by students’ feedback.
- The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAMLearn) - http://mlearning.noe-kaleidoscope.org
- Presentations from the sessions can be downloaded from http://escalate.ac.uk/8336
On 9th May, I attended an ESCalate event at the Nuffield Learning Centre, University of Birmingham which focused on teaching and learning with emerging technologies, including mobile learning. Highlights included:
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.