26 October 2016
8th Mobile Learning Research Workshop
A special session of mLearn 2016 was allocated to host anzMLearn’s annual workshop at UTS, with a select band of members also enjoying dinner that evening. The focus of the workshop was to host our famous Best Project Award and to review the structure of the organization, now eight years old. New anzMLearn member Michael Kasumovic won the Best Project Award 2016 for his project ‘Arludo: Education for Everyone’, reflecting the strong games-based learning focus at mLearn this year. A lively discussion followed regarding the restructuring of anzMLearn, prompted by the disbanding of the UTS research centre and lab which had hosted the organization and provided funds for the first 8 years of operation. In addition, Laurel Evelyn Dyson’s retirement and Tom Cochrane’s establishment of the new Ascilite Mobile Learning SIG provided an impetus to rethink the whole rationale for anzMLearn. The outcome of discussions was that anzMLearn and the Ascilite SIG do different things and are both worthwhile organizations. One of anzMLearn’s unique contributions has been to host the annual Workshop and Best Project Award, and members present felt that this justified anzMLearn’s continued existence. Kathryn MacCallum from New Zealand and Jessica Frawley and Hardy Ernst from Australia were elected unanimously to lead anzMLearn into the future, with Laurel Evelyn Dyson offering to help in her capacity as immediate past president.
24-26 October 2016
UTS hosted the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning in October 2016. mLearn is the largest international conference on mobile and blended learning and this was the second occasion that it had been held in Australia, in co-operation with the International Association for Mobile Learning. The conference was highly successful, increasing the number of delegates significantly over the previous three years and including presentations of 39 full and short papers, 11 abstracts, a Doctoral Consortium, 12 posters, 4 panels, 1 workshop and 3 keynote speakers. A key feature of the conference was the focus on pedagogy, with a special category for practitioners. These came from schools, higher education and industry. This provided a meaningful way of engaging with those who are responsible for mobile learning and teaching in the classroom. Their 20 often interactive, hands-on presentations were a new feature of mLearn. Authors and delegates came from a total of 17 countries: Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA. Delegates also enjoyed a starlit Conference Dinner aboard a Magistic Cruise, Sydney Harbour glinting with lights from the shore and sky on a perfect spring evening. The mLearn Proceedings are located on the IAmLearn website: http://iamlearn.org/?page_id=224
anzMLearn member Philip Townsend of Flinders University won the Best Full Paper Award for his article entitled ‘A Theory of Enhancement of Professional Learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pre-service Teachers in Very Remote Communities through Mobile Learning’.
Dr Elaine Khoo hosted the DEANZ2016 Conference, the premier conference in New Zealand showcasing research and practice in open, distance, flexible and mobile learning. The conference theme, There and Back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education, drew inspiration from a Hobbiton-based theme and conference dinner venue. It was held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 17-20th April 2016.
24 November 2015
7th Mobile Learning Research Workshop
Institutional Readiness, Capability and Practice of Mobile Learning
The 7th Mobile Learning Research Workshop was hosted by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne on 24 November 2015 in partnership with anzMLearn. This was the first time that anzMLearn’s annual workshop was held away from its original home at UTS: thank you to Swinburne and Professor Mike Keppell for allowing us to grow and develop the interests of the mobile learning community in this way.
17-24 October 2015
21st November 2014
The 6th Mobile Learning Research Workshop was held on Friday 21st November 2014 at the University of Technology, Sydney. The free 1-day event attracted 18 participants, including our first Skype attendees: Belma Gaukrodger from New Zealand participated in our morning session via Skype, while Shamsul Arrieya Ariffin from Malaysia skyped his presentation ‘Challenges relating to Student-Generated mLearning in Local Universities from the Malaysian Context’. The topic for the workshop was ‘Student-Generated Multimedia: A Shift in the Educational Paradigm for the 21st Century’. Garry Hoban and Hardy Ernst joined Laurel Evelyn Dyson in presenting on the topic and launching the Special Issue on the same theme. Chris Campbell from the University of Queensland, Philip Townsend of Flinders University, Helena Song from the Multimedia University, Malaysia, Shamsul Arrieya Ariffin of the Sultan Idris Education University, also in Malaysia, and Laurel all presented proposals for the Special Issue, details of which are located at on the Projects page.
3-5 November 2014
Again, the world’s leading mobile learning conference, hosted by the International Association on Mobile Learning, mLearn 2014, attracted a strong contingent of anzMLearn members to Istanbul in November.
anzMLearn congratulates one of its members Dr Shamsul Arrieya Ariffin on his promotion to Senior Lecturer at the Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia, and the receiving of his PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, for his thesis ‘The Contribution of mLearning to the Study of Local Culture in the Malaysian University Context’.
5 December 2013
The 5th anzMLearn Mobile Learning Research Workshop was held on Thursday 5 December 2013 at the University of Technology, Sydney, and provided our most lively and best ever discussions about mLearning to date. The theme was Making mLearning Last? Harnessing Trends and Challenging Orthodoxies and was led by keynotes Dr Helen Farley and Dr Angela Murphy from the University of Southern Queensland. The focus of the workshop was to generate ideas and abstracts for a new edited book to be published in 2015. There were over 20 participants and many contributed abstracts which are now part of the book proposal.
22-24 October 2013
Several members of anzMLearn presented at mLearn 2013 in Qatar.
Here Dr Trish Andrews from the University of Queensland does last minute adjustments to a presentation on ethics and mLearning with Dr Jocelyn Wishart from the University of Bristol.
The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society was held in Toronto in June on the theme ‘Wearable Computing and Augmediated Reality in Everyday Life.’ Topics included wearable computing, augmented reality, veillances (surveillance, counter surveillance, etc.), everyday life (data logging, moblogging, glogging, lifelogging, etc.) and social concerns. Many of these topics have relevance to the mLearning area. See the conference website for further details: www.veillance.me
22 November 2012
The 4th Mobile Learning Research Workshop, held by anzMLearn at the University of Technology Sydney, featured a lively discussion on ethics and mLearning, with the workshop led by keynote Dr Trish Andrews from the University of Queensland. Two principle collaborative projects emerged from the day, firstly to research classroom mLearning more fully and secondly to undertake further research into ethics and mLearning. Associate Professor Philip Uys won the anzMLearn Best Project Award 2012 for the CSU mLearn Project.
5-6 November 2012
The Educational Technologies Research Group at the University of New South Wales held a Sustaining Mobile Learning Workshop for two days in November. The event included a number of presentations in addition to a round table discussion on the theme, with input towards a proposed edited book on sustainability. Wan Ng from UNSW and Howard Nicholas from La Trobe University presented their model for sustainable mobile learning in schools, which will appear shortly in the British Journal of Educational Technology. anzMLearn members Terry Cumming and Iva Strnadova helped organize the event, with presentations by anzMLearn members Garry Hoban and Laurel Evelyn Dyson. A particular feature of the day was the excellent presentations about the use of iPads in the special education arena, with a strong representation from the Hills School and their collaborators at Macquarie University and Spectronics.
15-18 October 2012
The 11th conference on mobile and contextual learning, mLearn 2012 was held in Helsinki and attended by 130 plus delegates from all over the world and was a truly international event. The opening address celebrated the achievements of the mLearn conferences since their inception in 2001 including their contribution to research in the area of mobile and contextual learning and the development of a community of practice around researching issues related to contextual and mobile learning. The major themes addressed at this year’s conference included mobile language learning, inquiry-based learning, mHealth, professional and teacher training, mobile games and a Doctoral consortium. All sessions provided opportunities for discussions and represented all sectors of education from Kinder through to higher education. The three Keynote addresses covered a range of topics including the use of mobile devices to support mathematics learning in Africa, using and creating mobile games and media for learning, and the transformative potential of mobile learning in secondary schools.
The conference began with a number of preconference workshops including one on Mobile learning ethics run by Jocelyn Wishart, John Traxler and anzMLearn delegate Trish Andrews. A follow-up to this workshop will be presented at the anzMLearn research day in November. These workshops were well attended and provided a vibrant start to the conference. More information about mLearn 2012 and aces to keynote addresses is available on the IAmLearn website.
11 October 2012
ScienceRewired, an event for science communicators, was launched this month in Adelaide, the brainchild of Kendall Benton and Andrew Gregson. Laurel Evelyn Dyson attended as a speaker and was wondering, while listening to inspiring presentations about the role of the new technologies and social media in getting the really important messages about science out there to the public, what role might mobile technologies and mLearning have in all this. What could we mLearning practitioners and researchers take in promoting a greater awareness of environmental issues and the challenges our world faces, and how could we get our students contributing to the debate through mLearning? Another ScienceRewired event is planned for Sydney in February 2013.
28-29 August 2012
A new Mobile Learning Conference was held in Melbourne this year, with talks delivered by anzMLearn members Philip Uys and Laurel Evelyn Dyson, among others, and attended by anzMLearn’s Sam Bizri. Participants came largely but not exclusively from Victoria, with some excellent presentations about mLearning implementations from the university and TAFE sectors in that state, leaving many of us with the strong feeling that Victoria was well ahead of the pack in this area. However, we also heard of bold and impressive projects from Charles Sturt University, Adelaide University and the University of New England.
27-30 March 2012
Krassie Petrova and Laurel Evelyn Dyson enjoyed the first cherry blossoms of spring at the WMUTE and DIGITEL combined conferences in Takamatsu, Japan. Krassie was shortlisted for the Best paper Award with David Parsons.
24 November 2011
anzMLearn hosted the 3rd Mobile Learning Research Workshop on Thursday 24th November 2011 at the University of Technology, Sydney. The workshop featured a hands-on activity and discussion about ‘slowmations’ and other student-generated mobile learning approaches, led by Associate Professor Garry Hoban of the University of Wollongong. Four slowmations were made and interesting discussions followed.
18-21 October 2011
At UTS we began a small project to discover the learning processes that our first-year, first-semester IT students engage in when undertaking a student-generated mLearning project, specifically one in which teams of students interview an IT professional in their workplace and video the interview, later editing the recording into a vodcast for distribution to all other students enrolled in the course. We asked students last semester to keep a diary and write a team reflection on their projects. A large proportion of these have been analyzed using NVivo software and the preliminary results are very interesting. Most students engage with the project well, managing it over time and exhibiting many of the desired graduate attributes for IT graduates. If they do strike problems, they are good at sorting these out. There is good evidence to support Garry Hoban’s theory of the ‘semiotic chain’, in which students approach the subject matter from different view points over the course of the project and this helps to explain why the learning outcomes, as previously assessed, have been so good. However, there are probably also other reasons for the deep learning that occurs: certainly student engagement is very high and needs to be part of the explanation for why learning approaches such as this are so effective.
9 December 2010
anzMLearn and the Research Centre for Human Centred Technology Design hosted the 2nd Mobile Learning Research Workshop at UTS. Twenty-two mLearning gurus attended from Aotearoa, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. Project teams developed around 4 potential Australian Research Council Discovery and ALTC grant project proposals for 2011/2012. The inaugural anzMLearn Best Project 2010 Award went to Dr Ruth Wallace for her project ‘Engaging mLearning in Aboriginal Contexts’.
4 November 2010
Several anzMLearn members attended the Learning Technology Fest hosted by the University of Sydney. Andrew Litchfield and Laurel Evelyn Dyson of UTS, Garry Hoban from UOW and Catherine McLoughlin of ACU chaired a Roundtable on Student-Generated mLearning.
11 August 2010
The HCTD Research Centre hosted a presentation on Student-Generated mLearning by Laurel Evelyn Dyson and Andrew Litchfield, which was well received.
anzMLearn members Andrew Litchfield, Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Richard Raban and Jessica Frawley completed a major report on learning using virtual classroom and mobile technologies, commissioned by the Australian Defence Organisation.
25-26 November 2009
The Research Centre for Human Centred Technology Design hosted the 1st Mobile Learning Research Workshop at the University of Technology, Sydney. The workshop brought together 23 mLearning practitioners and researchers from New South Wales, Canberra, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme from the Open University in the UK was the keynote speaker and also delivered a public lecture. Participants appreciated the establishment of clear goals for the workshop and the achievement of concrete outcomes: firstly, the organization of two project teams to submit Australian Research Council Discovery Grant proposals in 2011; and secondly, the launch of an mLearning special interest group for Australia and New Zealand, anzMLearn. The success of the workshop resulted in a unanimous call for a similar event next year, again to be held at UTS.
14-18 July 2009
Andrew Litchfield, Richard Raban, Laurel Evelyn Dyson and Jonathon Tyler won the Best Full Paper Award at the 9th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT) in Riga, Latvia for their paper ‘Using Students’ Devices and a No-To-Low Cost Online Tool to Support Interactive Experiential mLearning’.