Girls flying drones: Fostering 21st century skills through multidisciplinary, project-based learning in secondary schools
Current educational debates in Australia have highlighted the need to enhance the appeal of STEM education for secondary students, in order to increase the preparation of youth, in particular young women for participation in 21st century careers. As a result, the focus of this project is on bridging the STEM gender divide, by scaffolding the development of 21st century skills in girls’ secondary education through multidisciplinary, project–based learning. In this project a team from Australia and Hungary will explore how multidisciplinary and project-based approaches to STEM education, using emerging mobile technologies, such as drones, may contribute to the development of 21st century skills and capacities that will be highly valued in the information age and the knowledge economy. These include critical and creative thinking, effective communication and collaboration, new literacy skills, as well as life skills such as flexibility, productivity and leadership.
This international collaborative research project will draw on expertise from the fields of Robotics, ICT, Science Education, and Social Sciences to model the development and application of 21st century skills within the Australian National Curriculum in a secondary girls’ school. Showcasing the results of the conceptual phase, the paper will provide a blueprint for the project, identify gaps in policy and current literature, and outline the methodological and ethical dilemmas related to authentic learning in a mobile context. The project team features anzMLearn member Dr Eva Dakich of La Trobe University and John Martino from Victoria University collaborating with Gyula Mester and Pletl Szilvester from the University of Szeged in Hungary.

Student-Generated Multimedia: A Shift in the Educational Paradigm for the 21st Century
Dr Laurel Evelyn Dyson and Dr Hardy Ernst are co-editing a Special Issue on this topic for the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL). Submissions have been received and currently being edited for final publication.
Click here for details: IJMBLSpecialIssue

Some researchers who participated in the 6th Mobile Learning Research Workshop, conducted by anzMLearn in November 2015, have submitted abstracts for development into full papers to be submitted to the Special Issue. These represent potential collaborative projects. Details of the abstracts, including the authors and their contact details, are listed here: Abstracts for Special Issue on Student-Generated Multimedia.

IEEE TLT Special Issue on Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things in Education/Training
Mark Lee is editing an IEEE TLT Special Issue on Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things in Education/Training. The deadline for the submission of proposals (500-word extended abstracts plus 8-10 key references in IEEE format) is June 15, 2015. The authors of shortlisted proposals will have until the end of September to submit their full manuscripts. The Call for Papers is available at the following URL:

To BYOD or not BYOD
David Reid, Birgit Loch
This is a small scale research project funded through the Swinburne University Learning Futures Scholarship program with additional equipment funding through an annual Faculty EOI. The project investigates the use and adoption of both prescribed and BYOD technology as applied at subject level within the discipline of Advertising both on campus and via distance education. The project commenced in August 2014 and is intended to completed by mid 2015. The project blog is available via

Red Hen Recipes
Jessica Frawley
Red Hen Recipes is a project fostering great food literacy and awareness of the ethics and sustainability of how we produce our food and where it comes from. It does this through informal mobile learning that lets people trace a single ingredient from its place on the farm, garden or shop. If you would like to participate, go to:


Tim Klapdor & Philip Uys
Charles Sturt University has established the mLearn project – a large scale umbrella project that is working on a range of initiatives that focus on the learning aspects of mobile technology. The project is focused on four key areas: mobilising specific features and tools from the learning management system; running trials of devices; developing mobile friendly learning materials; and mobilising our subject evaluation tool. The project will run throughout 2012 and into 2013.

Jessica Frawley
This project was launched in October 2011 as a creative initiative aimed at exploring how we can tell stories with text, image, sound, video and anything else available on the mobile device. The first collection of mobile stories have come from people in Sydney (Australia) and London & Cambridge (UK) and Jessica is now extending the project to adult literacy students:

Ethics and mLearning 2011-2012
Trish Andrews, Ruth Wallace, Robyn Smith & Laurel Evelyn Dyson
An exploration of mLearning and ethics. This has led to the publication of a paper in mLearn 2011 and a chapter has been accepted for the Routledge Handbook on Mobile Learning. An OLT Leadership Grant Proposal has been submitted recently.

Evaluating and Enhancing the Learning Processes of Students in the IT Careers Project
Laurel Evelyn Dyson & Marijke Wright
This project focuses on understanding the learning processes that first-year university students engage in when undertaking a team student-generated mLearning project.

CAMPUS Upgrade: New e-Based Learning Technologies 2010
Andrew Litchfield, Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Richard Raban & Jessica Frawley
Australian Defence Organisation Consultancy, $70,000
The evaluation of virtual classrooms, eLearning and mLearning and their suitability for the delivery of distance learning to Defence personnel.

Peer Learning of Key Accounting Concepts through Student-Generated Screencasts 2010
Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Jonathan Tyler, Richard Raban, Andrew Litchfield & Jessica Frawley
2010 UTS VC’s Learning & Teaching Small Grant, $7,000
The aims are to improve students’ learning of accounting and foster better engagement through the use of an innovative new technology. Students make short screencasts for teaching their peers difficult areas of the accounting curriculum.

Student-Generated Podcasts and Vodcasts to Engage with Career Choices in IT 2009
Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Marijke Wright, Andrew Litchfield & Jessica Frawley
2009 UTS Small Teaching & Learning Grant, $9,879, and 2009 FEIT Infrastructure Grant, $7,440
IT and Business/IT students work in teams to research an IT career, plan and video an interview with an IT professional, and edit their video to make a vodcast for sharing with their fellow students. The activity is highly motivating and has been embedded permanently in an introductory communications subject having been shown to lead to excellent learning outcomes.

Improving the Participation of International and Local Students in Large Lectures Using mLearning, 2008
Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Richard Raban, Jonathan Tyler & Andrew Litchfield
2007 UTS Small Teaching & Learning Improvement Grant, $9,771
mInteract was trialled in a very large accounting subject and shown to raise the level of student interactivity considerably and not to create undue problems for international students. Additionally, it gave the lecturer a window of understanding into difficulties students were facing and led to improvements in teaching.

Mobile Technology Enabled Classroom Interaction (mInteract) 2007
Richard Raban, Laurel Evelyn Dyson & Elaine Lawrence
2007 Faculty of IT ITED Grant, $10,000
Project to develop a web-based interactive classroom system which allows students in large lectures to answer or ask questions, complete surveys or vote using their own Internet-enabled mobile devices.

Mobile-Supported Fieldwork for Information Systems Students 2007-2008
Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Andrew Litchfield, Elaine Lawrence & Jessica Frawley
2006 UTS Infrastructure Grant, $20,000
In our first endeavour in mLearning, students study systems supporting the work people do in small business. They use mobile devices as digital note-takers to interview real users and photograph technology in its context of use. Now embedded in an introductory IS subject on a sustainable basis.


ANZMLearn Workshop 2017

Hosted by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba, Queensland at the  ASCILITE 2017 conference.