Mobile Learning discussions in Scotland

Petra Bauer from the University of Mainz, Germany visited the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in April 2017.

She saw mobile learning in action during a class in which students presented the findings of personal research to others as a small group activity. On their laptops they used a range of technologies to support their activities including presentation, video and animation software, drawing and quiz tools. Examples included Kahoot (quiz software), Padlet (collaboration tool) and Playbuzz (for interactive storytelling). During the class the tutors took a very ‘hands-off’ role – mostly listening and watching! At the end of the class several learners commented that they had found it useful and one of the most enjoyable sessions in the course. Continue reading “Mobile Learning discussions in Scotland”

Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017

Hello everyone,

today I wanted to address something hardware related. You may have heard that Apple has replaced its former mid tear iPad Air 2 with a new iPad, simply called “iPad”. Usually, we are used to new products becoming thinner, lighter and faster. This time, Apple opted for a new strategy. Sure, the new iPad got an A9 SoC that is already working in the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. Many have already noticed that the new iPad has not reduced its overall size and weight. Instead it has become 1,5mm thicker and round about 40 grams heavier, which makes it more comparable to the 2013 released iPad Air 1. Generation. Furthermore, the tablet’s touchscreen is not glued to the display anymore which makes for a noticeable air gap between the glass and display.

So why has Apple made this stepdown in quality? Continue reading “Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017″

Mine-Cast #1

Hello everyone, or “Helau” as we say during the carnival season in Mainz. In todays post I want to share three interviews with you, which were conducted at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. We simply want to provide some impressions of the opinions students have about learning with mobile applications, cloud based tools etc.

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Survey about social networks and digital online tools

Thinking about social networks and digital online tools allows us to question how students use them. It is also interesting to examine the popularity of social networks and digital online tools. A survey was conducted encasing the result of 29 students. 22 of the 29 students study economic sciences and 7 students study educational sciences.

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This semester’s first outputs

Over the course of the winter term our students (at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany) have to complete different practical projects in groups. They also have to document the progress and insights of their projects. They are allowed to use different digital tools, which can help them to organize and improve their projects. These tools can be also used for mobile learning and working together.
During our first meeting on Friday we brainstormed about the digital tools they know and the purpose or learning scenario for which they could be used. The picture above shows the output of the group.

Re-thinking the use of audio recordings (podcasts) in higher education

Imagine you are sitting in a lecture and you participate in a great lesson. Wouldn´t it be nice to have that audio recorded? But what to do with an 2 or 3 hours long audio file? It will be hard to find somebody who is willing to listen to it from the begining to the end. Did you know that you can make audio-files “read-able”? Continue reading “Re-thinking the use of audio recordings (podcasts) in higher education”

Let´s get started!

To start is often one of the most difficult steps in a project. But imagine you are together with some open and creative colleagues, having the same goal in mind and being able to talk about all your ideas. That was exactly the impression I had at the first MINE project meeting in mainz. Thanks to all colleagues, i think we had a great and very fruitful time and also a great start into our project. You know, sometimes you sit in a meeting and you feel that it´s just perfect, that everything somehow works very well, one topics smoothly comes to the next one and at the end of the day you look at your preparations and you see, that all topics you wanted to talk about were discussed. Continue reading “Let´s get started!”

First meeting in Mainz

From october 12th to 13th, the team met for the first time to discuss the outlines of the project and to define our goals more clearly. It was a very friendly, constructive and effective meeting in Mainz.

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Currently, we’re still looking for new partners to join us on our path.