Friday, December 7, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey - Methods to Support Current and Future m-Library Initiatives


Respondents were asked to indicate from a pre-determined list the methods that they would use to support current and future m-library initiatives in their library/information service. Most respondents plan to use a selection of sources, including (in order of popularity):


  •  Keeping up-to-date with mobile technology
  •  Case studies
  •  Attending and following events
  •  Reading/following existing research
  •  Sharing and reading information via social media
  •  Library/librarian blogs
  •  Social media discussions
  •  How-to guides
  •  Mailing lists
  •  Conducting own research
  •  Project blogs


Other responses included collaborative projects (with other organisations or others within the organisation who may be more knowledgeable), dicsussion with/learning from colleagues, in house training/awareness sessions, creating your own m-library initiative, video demonstrations, and support from suppliers.

Source and Full Text Available At 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free > Virtual Leadership Summit > Taking the Lead in Mobile Learning > December 11 2012 > 12:45-5:30 EST

Session 1: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Learning and Schooling in the Age of Mobilism

Keynote Presenters: Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan with Cathie Norris, Regents Professor, College of Education, University of North Texas

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

Speeding past Steve Jobs’ Post-PC Era into the Age of Mobilism, we can foresee how, by 2015, each and every student in America’s K-12 classrooms will be using their own mobile computing device with those devices engendering the most disruptive transformation in education in 150 years. Classrooms will move from today’s “I Teach” teacher-centric and, by and large, ineffective and boring pedagogy to a “We Learn” pedagogy where the teacher learns along with the students, mastering content and practicing the key 21st century skills. Flipping the classroom is only the beginning; mobile technologies extend the classroom to support all-the-time, everywhere learning, to support the linking of the abstract ideas explored inside the classroom to the real world of people, places, things outside the classroom. And, most importantly make no mistake: THIS CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.


Session 2: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Effective Mobile Programs and Policies: Designing a Strategy

Featured presenter: Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

A key component of an effective mobile learning strategy is the development of a shared vision for success. To that goal, the Speak Up national data findings provide a valuable context for understanding the authentic views of students, parents and educators on mobile learning – their aspirations as well as concerns.

Session 3: 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Administrative Mobile Tools

Featured presenter: Susan Brooks-Young, Consultant/Author, Opportunity Group

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

As a school administrator, you are constantly on the move—gathering data, collaborating on projects, keeping up with professional reading, and more. You have (or are thinking about purchasing) an iPad or an Android tablet because you like its promise of mobility. Now you’re ready to identify the ways the tablet will simplify your professional life and tackle some of these daily tasks using a mobile device. This session helps you identify and evaluate free and low-cost apps and administrative tools you can use to harness the power of your mobile device.

Session 4: 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Using iPads as Dynamic Teaching Tools

Featured presenter: Jenna Linskens, Assistant Professor, Marian University

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

This session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore effective uses, applications and creative ways to use the iPad in the academic setting to support student learning and assessment through creation, not just consumption. Professional applications for effective lesson presentation, organization, and communication will also be shared. The presenter will share a variety of applications (both free and of minimal cost) on the iPad, so have your device ready. Information on iPad management within the school setting will also be shared.

Source and Registration Link Available At

[http://fetc.org/events/virtual-leadership-summit/information/sessions.aspx]

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey - Confidence in Implementing Mobile Technologies


We were interested to find out the confidence level in implementing mobile technologies. The figure below shows the results:

Bar chart to show level of confidence in implementing mobile technologies
Bar chart to show level of confidence in implementing mobile technologies

Fortunately, the majority of respondents (72%) felt confident or very confident about implementing mobile technologies in the libraries. However, 26% did not feel confident, and 2% did not feel at all confident.

  • infrastructure
  • knowledge and skills
  • support from management
  • resources (e.g. time and money) to work on development

[more]

Source and Full Text Available At 

[http://mlibraries.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2012/12/06/end-of-project-survey-confidence-in-implementing-mobile-technologies/]

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Barriers/Challenges to Implementation

As can be seen from the graph, resource constraints are experienced by the majority of respondents (79%), with infrastructure/policy constraints being experience from almost half of respondents (47%). Other barriers and challenges were also present to a varying degree, and some added other barriers, including:
  • Traditional mindset of library staff/management resulting in risk averse culture and a steep learning curve if staff were to get involved
  • Vendors investing in separate apps rather than supporting access via library websites
  • Lack of third party support for mobile resources (e.g. catalogue, e-journals and databases)
When asked what the primary barrier was, the following pie chart shows the results:

Primary barrier to utilising mobile technologies
Primary barrier to utilising mobile technologies

As shown, resource constraints are the primary barrier for a large proportion (46%) of respondents. Infrastructure/policy constraints are the primary barrier for 17% of respondents, whilst licensing concerns, lack of technical support and not an organisation priority are also primary barriers for over 5% of respondents each.

A number of solutions were suggested to overcome barriers and challenges to utilising mobile technologies. These included:

  • Quick wins/low cost solutions
  • Demonstrating a clear business case
  • Staff changes (additional staffing or re-assigning staff duties)
  • Partnerships (internal and external)
  • Staff training
  • Learn from best practice of other libraries
  • Outsourcing

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Future m-Library Initiatives


Interestingly, when asked if their library was considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resources provision in future, less people responded yes (81.8%) than in the first survey (90.4%). This still shows the majority intend to incorporate mobile technologies in future plans, though may represent a slight decrease in planning (or could be due to a different sample of respondents.

Is your library/information service considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resource provision in future?
Is your library/information service considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resource provision in future?
Many of those who planned to use mobile technologies in this way in future did not yet know how they planned to use them (probably a sensible approach with things changing so rapidly!). Those who had started planning for future included the following (in order of popularity):

  • Roving support (using tablets for reference enquiries, demonstrations and supporting teaching)
  • Mobile catalogue
  • Mobile app
  • Mobile website
  • Mobile access to resources
  • SMS
  • Loaning mobile devices
  • Social media
  • QR codes
  • Mobile web chat/enquiry service
  • Augmented reality
  • Strategy development
  • Near Field Communication/Radio-Frequency Identification
  • Supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Bibliographic management
Many of these are similar to the existing or current m-library initiatives, though it is interesting to note a few additions to the usual list such as mobile web chat, strategy development, near field communication and radio-frequency identification, supporting bring your own device, and bibliographic management.

Source Available At

[http://mlibraries.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2012/12/04/end-of-project-survey-future-m-library-initiatives/]

Monday, December 3, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Current m-Library Initiatives

In the first fact finding survey, we discovered a number of different areas libraries were working on. Using the broad categories from the results of the first survey, we used the end of project survey as an opportunity to see which were most popular. The results are shown below:


  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare)
  • Location of free PCs in library
  • Status of printers in library
  • Mobile discovery tool
  • SMS reference service
  • Access to mobile content (e.g. ebooks, audiobooks, music)
  • Mobile e-learning website or VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Mobile chat (enquiry service)
  • Newswire from news agencies
  • Teaching/instruction on mobile devices
  • SMS to send bibliographic data from website to phone
  • Mobile LibGuides

When asked if they were currently involved in any m-library iniative projects, 61% of survey respondents said yes. In order of popularity, areas which were currently being worked on were as follows:

  • Mobile access to resources
  • Mobile apps (for library or wider organisation)
  • Mobile website
  • Mobile catalogue
  • Using mobile devices to support roving reference
  • QR codes
  • SMS
  • Loaning mobile devices
  • Augmented reality
  • Social media
[snip]

Source and Full Text Available At

Thursday, October 25, 2012

iPaper > Mobility & Learning In The Digital Age


Conclusions - For Now

This iPaper offers a brief review of what we know about mobility and learning in the digital age. Any conclusions drawn must be subject to review, revision and change, for the subject itself is evolving and changing rapidly.

From what we’ve explored, one can draw several conclusions:
  • Ubiquitous mobile technology in the form of personal, portable, powerful information portals is changing all aspects of life - especially learning.
  • We need to revisit and rethink what we know and how we approach education and learning in the digital age.
  • Mobile learning technology lends itself to learner-centered education where the student is an active partner in creating and sharing knowledge.
  • Digital literacy is a more meaningful approach to defining the needs of learners.
  • Mobile learners are characterized by how they use technology, not by their age, where or who they are.
  • While mobility enables learning in more places at different times, the important of place remains crucial to the context of learning.
  • We need to think about learning spaces as more than just physical places but as ecologies of different types that support a wide variety of learning.
  • Facility support is important to enable mobile learning.
  • The promise of mobility and learning in the digital age is untethered, radical flexibility where activities, tools, technologies and spaces combine to support multiple modes of learning, interaction and activities.
  • We continue to learn as mobile learning evolves.
Source and Full Text Available At 

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian [Paperback]


Thomas A. Peters / Lori Bell

The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian provides the information and guidance librarians need to adapt themselves and their facilities to the mobile revolution—the fastest, most diffuse worldwide technological innovation in human history.

The book provides an up-to-date survey of how mobile technologies are affecting library use, library services, library systems, librarians, and library users at various types of libraries. The authors cover core topics related to mobile libraries, including mobile reference, eBooks, mobile websites, and QR codes, and address aspects of the mobile revolution less frequently covered in the literature, such as mobile health information services, the use of mobile technologies on archival work, the impact of the mobile revolution on physical libraries, and the ways in which new mobile technologies are creating professional development opportunities within the profession. While this resource is specifically targeted toward librarians who plan and provide services using mobile technologies, academic, public, and other librarians will also find the ideas and information within useful.

Paperback: 275 pages  / Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (March 25, 2013) / Language: English

ISBN-10: 1610693000 / ISBN-13: 978-1610693004

Source

[http://www.amazon.com/The-Handheld-Library-Technology-Librarian/dp/1610693000]

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A/V Now Available > Accessing Academic Content via Mobile Devices: Issues, Solutions and Future Developments


October 5 2012 / ~ 60 Minutes

This free webinar, organised by the STM Library Relations group in collaboration with the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC) has been designed to:

  • Shed light on the way mobile technology is currently being used in the academic library environment to access academic content, especially peer-reviewed scientific research
  • Examine ways in which the experience of such mobile use within an institutional environment might be both enhanced and simplified
  • Look at what further developments are on the horizon, what advantages each development might bring to publishers, libraries, and end users, what the key stakeholders should do to ensure they are prepared for them, and which ones are most likely to gain the necessary traction to become new standard elements of mobile content access functionality
The webinar will be of interest to:
  • Librarians who are keen to discover how issues they may be facing might be addressed and to learn what developments are round the corner in this area
  • Publishers who want to confirm how best they can serve the academic library market with mobile technology and what technological developments may assist their so doing in the future.
Presenters 

Ruth Jenkins
Ruth Jenkins has been University Librarian at Loughborough University since 2009, and is a member of the JISC Collections Electronic Information Resources Working Group. She has previously held posts at the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. As a smartphone user for nearly a decade, Ruth has a particular enthusiasm for making electronic journals, ebooks and other internet-based information resources accessible via mobile devices.


Marty Picco
Mr. Picco is passionate about extending the Atypon platform into the mobile world. He brings deep technical understanding of digital media,cloud-computing, and mobile applications to the digital publishing world after spending many years creating and deploying innovative video processing and streaming solutions for major TV operators worldwide.

Baker Evans
Baker Evans has worked in multi-national education, publishing and information services organization for more than 15 years, most recently with Elsevier's Science & Technology Division since 2008. Baker helped form the strategic vision of Elsevier's on-line portfolios of search and discovery and performance and planning solutions known as SciVerse and SciVal respectively. As an extension to the portfolio strategies, Baker and his team led the development of the mobile channel strategy targeting Academic and Government users, including a mix of application, devices and mobile website offerings to create greater access to customers' content collections.

Source 


A/V

Monday, September 3, 2012

Pathways To Best Practice Guides > m-library Community Support Project

Throughout the project, we’ve been collecting existing online resources via social bookmarking services, and gathering evidence of what works and what doesn’t in various different areas of mobile technologies in libraries. In order to share this information, we’ve brought together a series of documents under the umbrella of Pathways To Best Practice.

Rather than focus on specific technologies, the guides focus on benefits for the library and present different ways to utilise mobile technologies to help achieve that benefit. Each one contains its state of maturity, an overview of options, some examples of projects, lessons learned from work so far, key contacts within the area, and additional resources and links.

Though the main focus of our research has been the UK Education sector (as the project is JISC-funded), they also include examples from other libraries and information centres and many of the lessons learned will be applicable to other sectors.

Full list of the Pathways To Best Practice guides:
  1. Introducing users to the library 
  2. Helping on-site users – roving support 
  3. Helping users within the library – guides and signage 
  4. Providing access to resources via mobile devices 
  5. Developing a mobile strategy for the library 
  6. Managing borrower accounts 
  7. Bibliographic management 
  8. Loaning mobile devices 
  9. Supporting learning, teaching and research 
  10. Collection management
Source and Link Available At 


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Elsevier Brings Latest Book Title, ChemApps: _Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis (SANROS)_ to the App Store


Waltham, MA, April 26, 2012 –   Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the release of ChemApps: Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis (SANROS), the second in a new series of apps for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad based on Elsevier books. The first title,   NeuroApps: MRI Atlas of Human White Matter, is also available on the App Store.

Created from the best-selling Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis by László Kürti and Barbara Czakó, ChemApps: SANROS provides organic chemists with time-saving information about chemical reactions from a trusted source, along with unique search and filter functions.

“We’re honored to adapt Kürti’s and Czakó’s indispensable print reference for the iPhone and iPod touch,” ... .

ChemApps: SANROS, available exclusively on the App Store, enables professional organic chemists to search and examine the chemical transformations extracted from the book using new interactive features:
  • The ability to search and filter 250 reactions by type, category, name and functional group, enables users to find a reaction from a number of different starting points.
  • Each reaction page includes an overview, which includes a summary of the particular transformation the reaction performs; the mechanism, which reveals how the reaction works; applications, showing how the reaction is used in practice; and references for further reading.
  • A list of over 450 chemical abbreviations, showing the full name and structure (where relevant).
  • A handy bookmark feature that allows users to save a reaction for quick retrieval.

[snip]

The ChemApps: SANROS App is available for $9.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at   www.itunes.com/appstore. A free version, featuring 25 named reactions, is also available to download.


Source and Links to Apps, Fulltext and Video Trailer Available At 

[http://bit.ly/IbElvE]

Monday, April 23, 2012

Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies > June 8 2012 (Online)


From computers to the Internet, libraries have successfully met the challenge of adapting their services to changing technologies. Today's challenge is delivering services to smartphones, eBook readers, and tablets to users on the go who now view more content on mobile devices than desktop and laptop computers. CDs and DVDs are becoming passé, eBook sales outpace paper books, and users increasingly download music, movies, and books from iTunes and Kindle, storing their purchases in the Cloud.

This online conference will address the technical issues related to pushing library content and services to mobile users. Topics to be addressed include selecting and creating eBooks, building mobile-friendly websites, selecting and developing apps for library users, and circulating library materials through mobile devices. Our list of speakers includes librarians, academics, and business trendsetters. Amigos members and nonmembers, join our online conversation and be a part of this informative, interactive June 8 event.

Source and Links To Schedule / Speakers / Registration Available At

[http://www.amigos.org/mobile_tech]


Saturday, April 21, 2012

M-Libraries Conference 2012 > 24-26 September 2012

The main theme for the conference this year is "From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries"


The Fourth International m-libraries Conference / 24-26 September 2012 / The Open University, UK


Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. Since the first successful M-libraries conference in 2007, libraries around the world have made huge advances in harnessing the technology to improve and enhance their services. The Fourth conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to review achievements to date and consider the creative challenges and opportunities ahead.


Links To Programme / Registration / Etc. Available At 

[http://www.m-libraries.org/]

JISC M-Libraries Community

As part of the JISC m-library community support project and based on the feedback provided from our survey at the beginning of the project, we have created an online community for anyone interested in mobile technologies in libraries. This is an experimental development and we would like to invite you to join the community and try it out, and leave us feedback on what you think – whether or not you think it is useful, how it could be improved, or alternative ideas.




Policy and strategy


For discussing policy and strategy related to the delivery of mobile services. Including mobile strategies, guidelines, management, sustainability, links with other departments.


Content


For discussing using or delivering library content to mobile devices or in a mobile context. Including mobile catalogue, resource discovery, e-books, e-journals and special collections.


Technology


For discussing mobile technologies, including mobile web/app development, QR codes, near field communication (NFC), and augmented reality (AR).


Services


For discussing using and delivering library services on mobile devices or in a mobile context. Including roving reference and enquiries, collection management, loaning mobile devices, information literacy


General


For general discussion around ’mobile’ library services. Please use the more specific groups for discussion on specific topics whenever appropriate

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A/V Now Available > The Future of Web Applications: Connecting the Personal, Mobile and Institutional > 9 May 2012



Date: Wednesday 9 May 2012
Time: 13:30 - 14:30 BST
[07:30 - 08:30 CDT]
Venue: Online



Abstract

Students now arrive at university and college armed with smart phones and laptops with a bewildering range of applications and functionality. Increasingly IT managers are stuggling to know how to adapt aging insitutional systems to connect to these applications. This webinar will focus on how widgets and plug-ins can be used to extend the fuctionality of systems as well as connect to mobile devices.

The webinar will include an introduction to current developments exploring the potential to extend the Virtual Learning Environment and will provide an overview of the JISC Observatory report Delivering Web to Mobile. A short overview of the JISC Distributed Virtual Learning Environment (DVLE) programme will be followed by a a demonstration of the widgets developed by the Widg@ project and the Edukapp store project which is developing an Education app store for the UK. The session will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions.

Presenters
  • Scott Wilson, Assistant Director, JISC CETIS
  • Sheila MacNeill, Assistant Director, JISC CETIS
  • Fridolin Wilde, Edukapp project, Open University
  • Presenter tbc, Widg@t project
Webinar participants will be given a good overview of current publications and an understanding of the potential for widgets and plug-ins to extend the functionality of legacy learning environments. Participants will take away ideas to use in the their own institutions.

Source and Links To A/V Available At 

[http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2012/05/webinarwebapplications.aspx]

Going Mobile: Library Web Sites, Services, and Apps on Mobile Devices > April 23 2012 > MIT



Smartphone sales eclipsed PC sales for the first time in late 2010.Some analysts predict mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web device worldwide by 2013.

Designing for mobile web experience offers a new set of challenges and opportunities for libraries. We need to better understand our users, plan for mobile-friendly content, ensure contextually relevant information, and collaborate with technology partners. On Monday April 23rd, join us to learn from colleagues who are taking their libraries mobile. Light snacks, coffee, and tea will be served.

  • Dave Bretthauer, Webmaster - University of Connecticut Libraries
  • Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian - Simmons College Library
  • Bobbi Fox, Digital Library Software Engineer & Corinna Baksik, Systems Librarian; Library Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology - Harvard Library
  • Remlee Green, User Experience Librarian - MIT Libraries
  • Edward Iglesias, Systems Librarian - Burritt Library, CCSU
  • Maura Keating, Reference Librarian - Bryant University Library
  • Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian - Harvard Law School Library

Source and Links To Registration Available At 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Campus Technology 2012 > Learning Applications and Mobile Learning




Creating online or blended courses and understanding the strategic importance of online learning to institutional growth as well as incorporating digital devices like iPads in the classroom effectively, designing for mobile learners, developing online assessments, and engaging students with social and Web 2.0 tools are just a few of the issues and opportunities that challenge instructional designers and teaching faculty today. Mobile technologies and personal communication devices empower your institution’s faculty, researchers, staff and students. Discover how to foster student engagement and build learning communities through the application of mobile and Web 2.0/social media.
  • T01 Can the iPad Provide a High Quality Education ExperienceTuesday July 17 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • T06 Making Education Social: The FoxMIS Community SiteTuesday July 17 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • T11 Going the Distance: Rethinking Pedagogy in an Online ExperienceTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • T12 Mobile Tools for Teaching College ChemistryTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • T15 B.Y.O. Device - Using Cloud Computing to Deliver Labs of the FutureTuesday July 17 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • W16 Developing a Successful Mobile Application in a Data-Driven WorldWednesday July 18 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • W21 Anytime, Anywhere, Any DeviceWednesday July 18 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • W26 Building a Mobile Strategy for Your CampusWednesday July 18 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • TH31 A Student Centered Approach to Mobile Learning at Saint Marys UniversityThursday July 19 8:30 am - 9:30 am
  • TH36 Are Students Online Ready? Preparing Successful Students with DORMThursday July 19 9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • Saturday, April 7, 2012

    7 Things You Should Know About Projecting from Mobile Devices


    Scott Payne (Amherst College) / Ryan Wetzel (The Pennsylvania State University) / Thomas C. Laughner (Smith College)

    [snip]

    Abstract:
    Emerging technologies allow users to connect to classroom projection systems from mobile devices, including tablets and some smartphones. Such tools can change the character of interaction in the classroom by allowing multiple users to easily access the projector and by enabling projection of mobile-device features such as free-hand drawing. Freeing an instructor or student presenters from a lectern or other fixed projection station can increase engagement and collaboration in an educational setting.

    The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

    Available At 

    [http://bit.ly/z35C5d] 

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Podcast > Creating Custom ‘Apps’ for Teaching


    Purdue University is working with professors to build quick-hit software programs to help meet particular needs of, say, a forensics professor or an instructor teaching sign language. The Tech Therapy team talked with Kyle D. Bowen, Purdue’s director of informatics, who argues that colleges should build their own educational software rather than relying on companies to produce it.


    Available at

    [http://bit.ly/I0JUil]

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    ComETS 2012 Symposium Recordings


    ... [T]he focus of the symposium will be on mobile computing and mobile-enabled computing strategies.





    ComETS is an Iowa State University community that promotes dialog and events focused on technology in learning & teaching. ComETS is a university-wide community where ideas and resources can be shared, and debate can occur on future technology directions at ISU. ComETS is open to all interested ISU faculty and staff.

    ComETS objectives:
    • Facilitate dialog about learning & teaching technology issues facing ISU
    • Focus faculty needs to help provide direction to technology providers
    • Inform and educate one another about campus technology initiatives
    • Coordinate and provide a periodic learning and teaching technology event for the entire campus community
    • Provide a vehicle to bring national technology issues and trends to the broader ISU community
    March 22 2012 / Noon to 5:00 PM / Memorial Union

    Schedule of Events

    12:00-1:00  / Sun Room  >  eText Panel Discussion

    A/V >  http://bit.ly/HSwzVD [52:48]

    1:00 -2:30  / Sun Room > Keynote by Dr. George Saltsman, Executive Director of the Adams Center for Teaching & Learning at Abilene Christian University

    Empowering the Academy for the Digital Age

    We live in the golden age of information. Digital technologies are transforming the world. Universal access to information has reshaped industries, governments, and human society. Despite this exponential growth, formal teaching and learning remain largely unchanged. As we collectively consider the future of the academy, the digital world continues to evolve without us. Will the historical ideals of traditional education continue or decline into extinction? This presentation addresses why and how mobile computing, digital textbooks and the ubiquity of information will ultimately transform the academy as we know it

    A/V >  http://bit.ly/HSxRA0 [60:16]

    2:45-3:30  / Various locations in the MU – Lightning Strikes

    Short (10 minute maximum) presentations from members of the ISU community on technology projects, instructional strategies, or new technology experimentation
    3:30-4:45 /  Gold Room – Student Panel on Mobile Technology

    A/V > http://bit.ly/HtkfJn [58:26]

    March 23  / 9:00-11:00 / 1230 Communications Building 

    Workshop > Increasing Student Engagement with Mobile Learning Strategies

    Presenters: Drs. George Saltsman & Stephen Baldridge, Abilene Christian University

    Explore simple strategies using free digital tools that increase student engagement. This workshop provides researched-backed hands-on approaches that can be used in a variety of disciplines both in and outside the traditional classroom. Topics include strategies for student-produced course content, remote teaching, mobile enhanced inquiry-based learning, class blogging, and use of mobile devices to drive student engagement during in-class activities. Bring your laptop, smartphone and/or tablet device and explore how simple techniques can provide measurable differences in student engagement.

    Source

    [http://comets.iastate.edu/symposium/2012/]

    Of related interest

    “Library Mobile: Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University.” Searcher 19, no.3 (April 2011): 34-37. Self-archived at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/ACU.pdf (4 April 2012).

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work?



    Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours.
    But these days, it’s not unusual to hear a teacher say,Class, turn on your cell. It’s time to work.”
    Harvard professor Chris Dede has been working in the field of education technology for decades, and is astonished at how quickly mobile devices are penetrating in schools. “I’ve never seen technology moving faster than mobile learning,” said Dede, who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    That’s not necessarily surprising, given that a staggering 80 percent of teens have cell phones. This penetration of mobile devices in the consumer market has also wrought what Dede describes as a “sea change” in the education landscape.

    “People are talking about this being an inflection point,” said Elliot Soloway. Soloway is a professor at the School of Education at the University of Michigan, and a longtime proponent of mobile learning. “It feels like something major is about to happen. It went from a silly idea, to, ‘Of course it’s inevitable.”

    [more]

    Source and Fulltext Available At

    [http://bit.ly/Hy56u5]