4th World conference on mLearning
Programme [Updated 13 October 2005]
Workshop 1 (Half day - morning) Rate:R695
Title: Using electronic checklists for performance assessment, feedback and course evaluation.
Abstract: Electronic assessment, using PDAs, of students’ performance in OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) has been established at the skills laboratories of the medical schools of Vienna and Pretoria. Electronic checklists are created using HaPerT-Software* (developed at the University of Vienna) and are, together with the candidates’ and observers’ names, synchronized to PDAs. The main advantage of this system is the availability of automated and immediate reports after having synchronized data back to a PC:
Outcomes: The workshop will provide a hands-on experience in electronic assessment to enable participants to do the following :
Presenters: Ina Treadwell from South Africa and Michael Schmidt from Austria
What should workshop participants bring along: None
Workshop 2 (Half day - afternoon) Rate: R695
Title: Development of a Competency Profile Chart for mobile learners.
Abstract: What does it take for someone to be a successful mobile learner? Learners need specific competencies to use mobile technology and successful strategies for mobile learning. This workshop will develop a competency profile for mobile learners. The workshop will be very interactive where participants will brainstorm competencies that are required by a mobile learner. As the participants identify the competencies, they will be validated at the workshop and consensus reached by the participants. The final competency profile will be displayed on a wall for final review and validation by all participants. The facilitator will use the final profile to develop a competency profile chart and distribute to the workshop participants at a later date. The complete competency profile for mobile learners can be used to orient learners for mobile delivery and to plan for mobile delivery. The competency profile chart can also be used as a basis to develop a training program for novice mobile learners.
Outcomes: This workshop will be of interest to administrators, instructional designers, instructors, trainers, teachers, and learners who are involved in mobile learning or who are planning to become involved in mobile learning. At the end of the workshop, participants will take away a list of competencies for a successful mobile learner to use when implementing mobile learning in their organizations.
Presenter: Mohamed Ally from Canada
What should workshop participants bring along: None
Workshop 3 (Full day) Rate: R850
(Fully booked [10 October 2005]. To place your name on the waiting list send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Title: Empowerment through m-Technology: What do I do with this PDA or cell phone?
Abstract: This workshop is a practical application of mobile / handheld devices such as PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, etc. in teaching and learning. The focus is to present and explore the opportunities these devices offer that goes beyond the conventional uses such as a personal organizer (PDA), tool for SMS and calls (cell phone) or taking pictures (digital camera). After the workshops participants will know how to use mobile / handheld devices in conjunction with each other and how to apply them in an integrated teaching and learning environment.
Outcomes: The outcomes of this workshop are the following:
Presenters: Annette de Jager and Nellie de Crom from South Africa
What should workshop participants bring along:
Workshop 4 (Full day) Rate: R850
Title: Making m-learning work: practical tools and techniques for teachers and instructional designers.
Abstract: "The question is no longer whether m-learning works, but rather how best to fit it into your blend!”
In the short space of five years, mobile learning has moved from being a theory, explored by academic and technology enthusiasts, into a real and valuable contribution to learning. The time is ripe to make your own. In the UK alone, thousands of mobile devices have been bought as learning tools by schools, colleges, companies and individuals. CTAD have worked with learning providers to create mobile learning resources for many of these devices. Over 1000 learners have used our resources, and have contributed to the ongoing evolution of our tools and approaches to m-learning.
Outcomes : Participants in this dynamic workshop will:
Presenter: Geoff Stead from the UK
What should workshop participants bring along: Bring learning needs and ideas for mobile content. We will be looking at a range of technologies including: text messaging (SMS), picture messaging (MMS), phone games (Java) & handheld devices (PocketPC). So if you have one of these devices, bring it along.
Workshop 5 (Half day - afternoon) Rate: R695
Title: Bringing rich media experiences to the palm of the student’s hand.
Abstract: This workshop will explore, discuss and demonstrate via several pilot projects currently ongoing in the UK in which the author is involved that prove the importance and educational value of bring rich media experiences to the palm of the students hand. Graham will demonstrate in “real-time” the creation of multimedia applications for and using handhelds using a number of existing and “soon to be released” application programs in this stimulating session. Graham will also demonstrate GoKnows new PocketVideo that allows students to edit and compose video in the palm of their hand.
Outcomes: This workshop will provide participants with:
Presenter: Graham Brown-Martin from the UK
What should workshop participants bring along: Something to take notes with.
Workshop 6 (Half day - morning) Rate: R695
Title: Classroom uses of Handheld Computers.
Abstract: Handheld computers can have an important impact on teaching and learning in the elementary and secondary classroom. While professional development and extended classroom experiences are needed in order to use handhelds effectively, this workshop will give attendees a taste of what children can do with handhelds in the classroom.
Outcomes: Attendees will be able to use handhelds provided to use the handheld-based software to create a compound document – a document that is made of a text document, a graphics document, web-research documents, etc. Each attendee will use education-oriented applications produced by GoKnow, Inc. ( www.goknow.com). After this hands-on exploration, we will hold a Question and Answer session with attendees.
Presenters: Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris from the USA
What should workshop participants bring along: Attendees need bring no equipment to the session; handhelds will be provided.