Thursday, July 22, 2010

Digital Libraries à la Carte 2010. Module 4: Mobile Technologies in Education and Library

Thursday, 29 July 2010

9:00 hrs The Use of Mobile Devices by Teens and Young Adults

Kristen Purcell  / Associate Director, Research, Pew Internet & American Life Project, USA.

Internet connectivity is increasingly moving off of the desktop and into the mobile and wireless environment, particularly for teens and young adults. These populations no longer access the internet solely from a computer or even a laptop; they now go online via more mobile technologies such as cell phones and portable gaming devices. Rates of cell phone ownership in particular have risen dramatically for both teens and adults over the past five years, driving the mobile internet revolution. .

Understanding an individual's technological environment is now a vital clue in understanding how that person uses the internet, connects with others and accesses information. This presentation will draw on nationally representative data on the behaviors and attitudes of teen, young adult, and older adult internet users from the United States and other countries (where available) to outline the technological environment in which these groups currently reside and explore the subsequent impacts on the ways they access and share information..

The presentation will also explore how understanding the new information ecology, and the new information consumer, can help educators and librarians in particular rethink and reimagine their roles in information flow.

The Pew Internet Project has conducted more than 100 surveys and written more than 200 reports on the topic of teen and adult internet use, all of which are available on our website: http://www.pewinternet.org/.

11:00 hrs Do More, More Effectively, with Mobile Technology - 'Uses and Strategies'

Adam Blackwood / E-Adviser Teaching & Learning, JISC Regional Support Centre South East, UK.

Educational organisations are in a quandary about the relevance of mobile technologies for supporting teaching and learning processes. Few organisations have a holistic strategy for accommodating the potential of mobile technologies effectively. This session looks at the range of possibilities that mobile technologies provide for education and examines the strategies which can be used to harness that potential effectively.

The devices themselves are incredibly powerful with some current devices having more computing power and faster connectivity than some colleges had less than a decade ago. Within organisations, localized approaches to harnessing the potential of mobile technologies are less effective than a strategic organisation wide approach.

Many organisations concentrate on trying to raise staff skills and awareness for using e-learning. However, we will examine the notion that actually, an important part of any implementation should also involve educating the students as to why and how they might choose to use their devices differently. For example, not all students know the 'educational' value of some web2 technologies, or the value of enabling bluetooth on their mobile phones for receiving calendar files which can be used to embed course and assessment deadlines directly into their mobile phone calendars. Students may not be aware that their phone could be used as an e-book reader or a device to upload podcasts or read QR codes. To gain the most from the potential of the technology for libraries and education, implementation strategies need to be socio-technological in their scope, encompassing both staff, students and technological considerations. .

The session will explain how your library and organisation could use podcasting and vodcasting, animated gif guides, mobile phone e-book solutions, dedicated e-book readers, augmented reality applications, GPS applications, social networking developments and bluetooth solutions amongst many others, to enhance the present learning environment for your students. It will highlight a variety of strategies for allowing the effective implementation of mobile technology solutions and examine the concerns people have about their use. .

And... If you choose to use Twitter, follow the pre-session 'chat' to this presentation on Twitter using the hashtag #Ticer2010  

14:00 hrs Opportunities for Mobile Enhanced Library Services and Collections

Tito Sierra / Associate Head for Digital Library Development, North Carolina State University, NCSU Libraries, Digital Library Initiatives Department, USA.

The 2010 Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium identified Mobile Computing as one of two emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression in higher education in the coming year. How can libraries approach the opportunity created by pervasive mobile computing?.

The presentation introduces one model for planning mobile initiatives within an academic library context, informed by the experience of mobile library initiatives deployed at North Carolina State University. The model advocates for thinking about mobile as a use context rather than a content delivery channel, and leveraging existing digital assets where possible. The model distinguishes between: .

library services optimized for a mobile use context, and

•digital library collections optimized for a mobile use context.

The NCSU Libraries Mobile project is used as a case study for mobile optimized library services. NCSU Libraries Mobile provides a suite of library services designed to make library users more productive. The WolfWalk project is used as a case study for mobile optimized digital collections. WolfWalk is a historical guide to the NCSU campus that exposes archival content through a location-aware mobile interface. Location-aware interfaces to digital library content hold the promise of providing in situ learning opportunities by exposing content in the context of the users current location.

The presentation outlines several considerations when planning a mobile initiative, such as .

•the difference between mobile-optimized websites and native mobile applications,

•the challenges of testing and evaluating mobile applications, and

•the importance of adapting mobile technologies to suit local needs.

The presentation will conclude with some thoughts about potential future uses of mobile technology in libraries, including staff-facing applications.

16:00 hrs eReaders in Education and Libraries

Rudolf Mumenthaler / Head Innovation and Marketing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ), ETH Library, Switzerland

The year 2010 is already acclaimed "year of eReader". The second generation of eReaders is on the market. Amazon launched its Kindle and this was followed by new models and an increasing number of eReaders basing on the eInk-Technology. Book stores and libraries are afflicted by the new business models. Also, user behavior is changing if books are bought and read in digital format on mobile devices. Mobile devices can be eReaders, netbooks, mobile phones, and tablets.

What do these developments mean for the usage of eBooks by students and researchers in universities? What is the role of libraries in this new game? What kind of services can they offer for the new way of reading and learning? Should libraries lend or rent mobile devices with loaded content or should they electronically lend eBooks? Do they have to accept restrictions in usage (DRM)? What's the difference between the different formats and which are the consequences for the users? Which possibilities have academic libraries compared to public libraries? Do we need new models for licensing e-content from the publishers? .

In this presentation, different technologies, digital eBook formats and business models are presented and discussed. The possible impact of eReaders on libraries and their services is a crucial issue for university libraries and a second focus of the presentation. How can we integrate the new technologies in our product portfolio? And which new technologies are already appearing on the horizon?

Source And Links To Associated Handouts > Presentations > Etc. Available At

[http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/services/lis/ticer/2010/module4.html]

!!! Thanks To Gary Price / ResourceShelf  / For The Reminder !!!

 Photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas

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