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Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College

Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Among faculty there is a growing realization that the internet, technology, and social media are not just things that distract our students, give them short attention spans, and allow them to do superficial research for papers—though the internet enables all of those things. New digital tools can actually help us do our jobs better, help us teach and do research more effectively. But how, exactly? That’s the question that hangs over all the many discussions regarding technology and education in a liberal arts college setting. The answers are discipline specific, and vary even from class to class in a given subject. But I think there are three broad benefits. In the liberal arts college environment, academic technology can
... 1. Develop students into public scholars.
... 2. Show publicly what the liberal arts can do.
... 3. Enhance collaboration and sharing among scholars.
... The Dickinson-based projects listed on the DHAC website are doing these things in various ways. We are among the most active liberal arts colleges in the country in this realm, which is reflected in our winning the Mellon grant. But there is a lot more to develop. The Mellon grant allows for a postdoctoral fellow, and this will be extremely helpful in nurturing new projects and pedagogical techniques that will arise organically out of what we already do. " from source: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/

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Chris Francese has done a great post about Information, Communications, and Computing (ICT) can do to not only improve the learning and research experience of students, teachers, and researchers. Chris has also succinctly described is critical in our Social Media | Overloaded Information Super-Dooper Information Highway. Let me close with another quote from Chris's post: "What liberal arts students learn to do is contextualize, analyze, and present information. These are things the internet really needs, and we can provide, a real social benefit that is consistent with our mission."

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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/

 

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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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UNESCO Mobile Learning Publications | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Mobile Learning Publications | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Today there are over six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere." from source: http://www.unesco.org/

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This page includes four Mobile Learning Publications with numerous links to region specific content on mobile learning. Plus there are links to extensive bibliographic resources about mobile learning. This page is a great starting point for anyone looking into mobile learning and its impact on diverse communities of learners. A very worth while read and bookmark.

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