Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Symposium > Mobile Learning in Context > September 11 2009

CELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands

Master of Learning Sciences / September 11, 2009

Mobile Learning is often cited and described as holding the potential to dramatically change the future of education and training in all areas of life (Horizon Reports 2004-2009).


The symposium highlights several important aspects around mobile learning from personalisation, contextualisation, accessability, informal learning, and nomadic learning support. The goal is to drive the exchange of researchers and practitioners towards a new vision for technology enhanced education with contextualized mobile learning.


Inaugural Address

Learning in a Technology Enhanced World / Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht

[snip] In the address I will to discuss the impact of a technology enhanced world and the research necessary for supporting learning in a technology enhanced world.

On the one hand technology changes the way we learn and can enhance our capabilities to connect with others, enrich our physical environment, or enable new ways of learning at school, home, and at work. On the other hand educational sciences studying learning and education since the antiquity, therefore there is a broad body of knowledge and research on the questions which tools help us to learn better, how these tools must be designed and why. Nevertheless instructional and learning sciences rarely have an impact on the design of new technologies.

In this address I will describe some evidence that we are in the middle of a qualitative change for the role of technology for learning and there is an important contribution from the learning sciences to define the role and use of technology for learning.

A key question is how we can unleash the power of contextual effects in ubiquitous technology enhancements for learning. [snip]

For some parts educational systems and organizations active today will have to change dramatically, for some parts new technology being invented or used for education today will be hyped, fade away, or probably used for something completely different in 20 years. One assumption is that the technology enhanced world is not a constraining factor for introducing learning support, but it will be a real enabler for instructional designs of the future.



Location / Program

11.00-11.20 / Pretoria / Welcome Reception In Pretoria

11.20 / Pretoria / Opening Symposium / Moderator: Prof. dr. Rob Koper

11.30-12.30 / Pretoria / Context In Mobile L earning / Prof. dr. Mike Sharples / University of Nottingham

12.30-13.30 / Pretoria / Lunch

13.30-15.30 / Parallel Sessions With Demonstrations And Workshops

13.30-14.30 / CELSTEC Learning medialab / Mobile Support For Informal Learning / Christian Glahn, Dirk Börner / CELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands

NOTE: This Workshop Is Fully Booked

13.30-14.30 / Pretoria / Personalization And Adaptation In E-learning, E-culture and E-entertainment? / Prof. Paul de Bra / Technical University Eindhoven

14.30-15.30 CELSTEC Learning medialab / Context Based Games For Mobile Learning / Stefaan Ternier, Tim de Jong, Sebastian Kelle / CELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands

NOTE: This Workshop Is Fully Booked

14.30-15.30 / Pretoria / Making Learning Accessible With Mobile Learning / Prof. dr. Mohamed Ally / Athabasca University, Canada

15.30-16.00 / Coffee break

16.00-16.45 / Oratio / Pretoria / Learning In A Technology Enhanced World / Prof. dr. M.M. Specht / CELSTEC, Open University of the Netherlands

17.00 / LEX- Restaurant / Reception / Drinks

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