And welcome to our blog. It is meant to be a source of inspiration throughout the project and you’ll find pieces of experiences, thoughts, best-practices and many other little things here. Enjoy!
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!
In February 2018 many members of our project are going to meet in Lisbon, Portugal to participate in our intensive program. The goal is to put some of the scenarios we designed into practice. For more information about MINE in general and the program especially, see the following video:
Banda larga móvel atinge valor recorde de 6,8 milhões de utilizadores
“O número de utilizadores de serviços da banda larga móvel cresceu 17,7% no segundo trimestre de 2017, face ao mesmo período de 2016.
No final de junho existiam em Portugal 6,8 milhões de utilizadores de serviços típicos da banda larga móvel. O valor é o mais elevado até à data e revela um aumento de 17,7% em termos homólogos.
A Anacom refere que o crescimento da utilização destes serviços está associado ao aumento dos utilizadores de Internet no telemóvel – 20,5% face ao mesmo período de 2016 -, e à crescente taxa penetração dos smartphones – que atingiu 72,7% no final de junho, segundo o Barómetro de Telecomunicações da Marktest.”
By NeriDavide (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Mobile broadband reaches a record 6.8 million users
“The number of users of mobile broadband services grew 17.7% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
At the end of June there were 6.8 million users of typical mobile broadband services in Portugal. The figure is the highest to date and shows an increase of 17.7% year-on-year.
Anacom reports that the growth in the use of these services is associated with the increase in mobile phone users – 20.5% compared to the same period in 2016 – and the growing penetration rate of smartphones – which reached 72.7% at the end of June, according to the Marktest Telecommunications Barometer.”