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Womble (Work Oriented MoBile Learning Environment) Workshop JTEL

by Darko Dugosija last modified May 20, 2010 04:43 PM

Organizer Name

John Cook, Tobias Nelkner, Graham Attwell and Andrew Ravenscroft

Short Description

Some important characteristics of mobile devices, which make them attractive to us from a work based learning perspective, include among other things increasing portability, diverse functionality, multimedia convergence, ubiquity, personal ownership, social interactivity, context sensitivity, location awareness, connectivity and personalisation. At the same time, connectivity affords the user ubiquitous access to people and services, what De Waele calls ‘contextual communication’, which he sees characterised by: presence (psychological environment), location (physical environment) and communities (social environment).

The idea of the workshop, and therefore the value added for the Summer School participants in terms of all 3 Grand Challenges, is to reflect on mobile based contextual learning and communication, to discuss the relevance of social connectivity in terms of how to orchestrate privacy issues, and to develop scenarios and solutions for mobile (work-integrated) learning; importantly, this will be based on the participants available or imagined applications. We would like to explore these questions: How do people work with mobile apps and how are they related to their work? How much are they integrated in their work? Is their a difference between private use, work-based use and social collaborative use in terms of mobile learning?

Therefore, the workshop should be set up in two sessions. The first session can look like this:
1.1) Participants are invited to pin notes with their favourite mobile apps on a whiteboard and cluster them afterwards for certain criteria: i.e. private/work/networking, learning/fun/other.
1.2) Afterwards, we hold a free discussion about the questions mentioned above, but related to the main clusters developed in 1.1).
1.3) Based on this reflection, and the participants’ experience, scenarios fulfilling 1.1) & 1.2) are developed and briefly presented afterwards with the objective of providing a practical solution in the second session. This process should result in a mashup of available or imaginary applications, which can be used to illustrate the scenarios that are being proposed.

Optimally, a few days will pass between the first and the second session, so that people can search, reflect, collaborate, orchestrate and think about possible solutions or even develop some. The 2nd session then contains the following:
2.1) Participants present their application bundles in the way that suits them best. This includes a discussion about the learning aspects, value added and limitations within the developed scenario(s).
2.2) The workshop organisers facilitate a larger discussion around the claim that “This workshop meets all the Grand Challenges”. We conclude with a plan o disseminate the outputs of the workshop via report, wiki and networks

Lecturer Biography

John Cook is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. John has published widely, having a specific interest in four related research areas: informal learning, mobile learning, augmented contexts for development and work-based learning. John led innovative mobile learning work for London Met on the LLP CONTSENS project and is currently coordinating the work based mobile learning demonstrator within the FP7 MATURE-IP. For detail see:

Tobias Nelkner is Research Assistant at the Department of Computer Science in the Computer Science Education Group at the University of Paderborn since 2008. After he finished his studies in computer science at the University of Paderborn, he is doing his PHD. His main research topics are technology enhanced learning, work-integrated learning and human computer interaction, especially fostering informal and mobile learning. Tobias works in the MATURE IP project and is co-responsible for the Workpackage-lead of Personal Learning and Maturing Environments. He has published several scientific papers and is co-organizing the PLE conference 2010 in Barcelona.

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