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The MINE Project and team was represented at the EDULEARN18: 10th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, which was held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) from the 2nd to the 4th of July, 2018. As can be read at the conference website:
EDULEARN is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 10 years, it has become a reference event where more than 800 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and educational innovations. The 10th anniversary of EDULEARN is sure to be among the most successful education conferences in Europe.
Of the wide and intensive technical program, one session only was dedicated to Mobile Learning. This session was chaired by Teresa Cardoso (of the Universidade Aberta, LE@D, PORTUGAL), member of the Portuguese MINE team. She also presented some of the learning scenarios that have been developed within the scope of the MINE – MOBILE LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION project [Bastos-et-al_EDULEARN18]. She further presented the case of the Universidade Aberta (Portugal) – UAb, by referring to a preliminary analysis of the data collected by a survey developed by the Portuguese MINE team. She highlighted that “Students use the digital tools (namely forums at UAb Moodle and the e-mail) for educational purposes based primarily on the teacher’s recommendation.” [Cardoso-Bastos_EDULEARN18]
Other topics and sessions were related to mobile technologies and pedagogies, which makes the adventure of learning, teaching and researching quite an enriching ativivity!
The Scientific Conference «Teaching and learning via mobile devices: Challenges and consequences for education» was held on May 26th, at the University of the Aegean (Rhodes – Greece). Some of the members of the MINE team had the opportunity to participate in the event and meet students and teachers of the Master’s Program “Educational Sciences – Use of New Technologies in Education”, including its director, Professor Sofos Alivisos.
As he recognized, “The use of digital Media in schools and especially in the classroom has long been a reality, without becoming routine. For many educators, just as for researchers, a core question persists: Do digital Media have superiority in relation to teaching and learning? This question […] is […] central to this year’s forum”.
As part of a course for vocational educators at the University of Aberdeen, members of the MINE project have created a mobile learning activity which recently connected students across Scotland with experts from England, Finland and South Africa. The aim of the activity was to explore international perspectives on professional challenges faced by course participants.
The international experts provided short videos about issues and challenges in their own local contexts, and then hosted an online ‘question and answer’ webinar discussion. This was recorded so that students could view it at their convenience if they were unable to attend. Discussions between students continued afterwards in asynchronous forums in the University VLE and in face to face tutor-led workshops.
Positive student feedback noted that the experience helped them to understand their own context in a different light and see the similarities and differences between the Scottish vocational sector and others. Tutors and international collaborators also found the learning experience stimulating. The activity provided a range of opportunities for engagement – through video, live session, recordings and discussion and even students who could only engage for part of the experience were able to gain insights useful for their own studies.
Along with many other approaches to using mobile learning, this approach provided flexibility over time and place of learning, gave learners control over the technology and media used for their learning, and created opportunities for engagement and discussion which would not be possible otherwise. Tutors created the context for learning, facilitated interactions and supported reflection – and enjoyed an opportunity to learn from their students and others.
Hello everybody, it is interview time again. Whilst last semester we where talking about blogging, this semester we focus on Kahoot and Instagram. We wanted to know what the students think about using those tools in class. In the following interview students tell us some of their impressions. Have fun and enjoy listening!