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Toward a mobile learning strategy

Toward a mobile learning strategy | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Based on the JISC Mobile Learning InfoKit, with my additional points based on recent developments in mobile learning as well as on our own observations through the Places mobile learning evaluation...

 

... In order for a school or university to strategically implement mobile learning, it must, as an institution:
> put learners at the centre
> ensure staff are on board and kept in the communication and policy loop
> consider cultural implications of employing technology often used for leisure
> consider cultural and other implications of expecting students to use their own equipment in their learning (in BYOD initiatives)
> consider cost including institutional wireless capacity, charging, and furniture in learning spaces
> plan for sustainability" from Source: http://placesmobile.wordpress.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

This blog post offers a good abstract for the JISC Mobile Learning Infokit. It points to the JISC content as well as other pointers on related works.

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U-Va. takes major step in online education

U-Va. takes major step in online education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Washington Post
URLs:
1) Article:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_story_1.html

2) Printed Edition without images, but all on one page:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-takes-major-step-in-online-education/2012/07/16/gJQAF3YOqW_print.html

Title: (MOOCs) U-Va. takes major step in online education

Abstract/Quotes:
"Now, opposition is melting away. A compelling body of research has shown that some online initiatives yield improved outcomes at reduced cost, an irresistible proposition.

“We don’t want to be another industry that didn’t see change coming and, because they didn’t see it in time, they’re dead,” said James Dean, dean of the business school at the University of North Carolina, which is known for its online experimentation.
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EdX and Coursera allow top schools to expand their global brand and share their intellectual capital with the world in the manner of academic missionaries. Perhaps as important, the online laboratories allow each institution to cultivate an internal digital culture.

“Simply put, online learning can substantially improve on-campus learning as well,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “The way we educate students really hasn’t changed much in centuries.”

Some educators suggest that the global online platforms offer more flash than substance, and that financial benefits for schools are dubious.

“There’s no income from it. Nobody’s made a case that there will be any income from it,” said Marva Barnett, director of the Teaching Resource Center at U-Va. “Why is this such a desirable thing?”  -- From the Source

Note: There has been discussion about this article on Twitter about where the "compelling body of research" came from or even exists.

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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date: July 19, 2012
Source: Chronicle for Higher Education
URL: http://chronicle.com/article/How-an-Upstart-Company-Might/133065/

Title: Inside the Coursera Contract: How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses

Abstract/Quotes:
"Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform."

"The contract (with the Univ of Michigan) reveals that even Coursera isn't yet sure how it will bring in revenue." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article begins to explore more in depth the operational aspects of Coursera: it's funding model, who is / are the target clientele, who gets paid royalties, who owns the content, and so on.

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