Keynote Speakers

 

Paul LefrereSeamless mLearning and Contextual Learning

Dr. Paul Lefrere (view bio)

 

Dr. Lefrere will outline some of the many ways in which important needs of learners can be met through advances in Mlearning and Contextual Learning. He will use location-based, personalized and collaborative examples (from recent, current and planned large-scale projects around the world), appropriate for the coming upturn in the economy as well as for where we are right now: a time of tight budgets, job shortages and uncertainty about the goals of education and training. Dr. Lefrere contends that learners and their organizations can benefit significantly from a combination of well-grounded (research-based) approaches to innovation in education, and keeping well-informed via communities of practice (e.g., to access shared knowledge about how to make effective use of today's mainstream mobile devices, as well as early-adopter devices and technologies such as near-field communication). Being better-prepared in those ways can help to remove uncertainty about how to make effective use of mobile devices for learning (e.g., http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/2008/02/wherefore-art-thou-m-learning.html).

 

 

Mike SharplesLearning at Large

Dr. Mike Sharples (view bio)

 

Over the past ten years mobile learning has grown from few projects in research labs and classrooms to widespread deployment in schools, companies and museums. Over 50% of the adult population worldwide now own mobile phones and these are becoming multimedia computers capable of supporting rich learning. I shall reflect on four pioneering initiatives that demonstrate mobile learning as a partnership between researchers, companies and practitioners. MOBIlearn was a major European project from 2002-4 that designed and tested a platform for delivering context-based multimedia content and services. Although the MOBIlearn platform was not developed further, the project helped to kick-start interest in mobile learning across Europe, with an emphasis on 'the mobile learner' and enabling learning across contexts. Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham, UK was opened in 2003 as an innovative 11-14 school with every child equipped with a tablet computer and a new building designed to support mobile learning. The school is pioneering a project-based curriculum where the students use personal technology for inquiry learning of topics that are intellectually engaging and have real-world value. Myartspace was a one-year project with three UK museums to support school museum trips. Over 3000 children used the service to create their own rich media interpretation of a museum visit which they shared and presented back in class. The service was developed with a multimedia company and is now a commercial product, OOKL, which has been used by over 30,000 learners from 500 schools. Elmo is a partnership between Sharp Labs Europe and the University of Nottingham to develop and evaluate handheld technology for language learning. Running on mobile phones, the Elmo system combines an e-book reader with adaptive training in vocabulary and language skills. I shall examine the successes and the limitations of these initiatives and draw some conclusions for the design of new services and technologies to support learning at large.

 

 

Marcelo MilradInternational Panel Discussion on mLearning

Dr. Marcelo Milrad (view bio)

 

Dr. Milrad will lead an international panel of mobile learning experts from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and Latin America. They will explore issues surrounding developing markets, mobile technology and infrastructure, learning theory, and cultural translation. Specific topics will be guided by questions from the audience.

 

Panel members include