Sunday, February 10, 2013

A/V Now Available > American Libraries Live > Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket > February 14 > 2 PM (ET)

Jason Griffey will return to run another engaging, fantastic interactive discussion with another great panel. Jason will be joined ... by Maurice Coleman and Robin Hastings. [snip]

Maurice Coleman has been the technical trainer at Harford County (MD) Public Library in NE Maryland for 7 years and had a consulting practice since the 1990’s. He has 20 years of experience training all ages how to sensibly use technology and computer hardware and software.

He hosts the library training podcast T is for Training, is on the board of the American Library Association Learning RoundTable and writes for the  Learning Round Table blog, ALALearning. For his work he was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and received the Citizens for Maryland Libraries Davis McCarn Technology Award.

Robin Hastings is the Director of Technology Services for the North East Kansas Library System in Lawrence, KS. In that capacity, she provides consulting services for libraries in the NEKLS region and manages the NEKLS tech staff who provide technology assistance for those libraries as well. She can also be found presenting about all the cool things that can be done in libraries at various conferences around the world. She has presented on Mashups, Cloud Computing, RSS, Drupal, Library Learning 2.0 and many other topics. She is the author of the Collaboration 2.0 Library Technology Report, published by ALA and of the Microblogging and Lifestreaming In Libraries book in the Tech Series published by Neal-Schuman and LITA as well as several articles in library-related journals.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

FREE Boise State University Mobile Learning Initiative Webinars

We invite all who are interested in learning more about Boise State’s Mobile Learning Initiative, with an eye toward thinking about mobile learning on their own campuses, to participate in a series of  ... [free] webinars to be offered ... Spring 2013 [semester].

[NOTE: Registration Is Required] 

All webinars will be held from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)[  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET] on a Thursday. [snip]

February 14, 2013

Library Instruction for Mobile Devices

Albertsons Library has successfully leveraged the use mobile devices for helping students learn research skills. Librarians are now going to classrooms and teaching two instruction sessions — 1) finding information and 2) evaluating information. The library sessions provide hands-on, active learning opportunities for student teams, built around the use of iPads to explore library resources. In fall 2012, this included instruction to seventy-four classes in Boise State's "University Foundations 100" course, the first course in our general education program. Ten classes of junior level transfer students received an additional session — 3) advanced searching techniques. The instruction curriculum is purposefully designed using mobile teaching and learning strategies.

March 14, 2013

Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination: How Campus Partners Make the Mobile Learning Initiative Work

Boise State University’s Mobile Learning Initiative is a cooperative effort with leadership and contributions from several independent campus units, including Academic Technologies, Albertsons Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Information Technology (not to mention all of the academic departments and programs involved, and their faculty). At this webinar, you’ll hear from representative of all of these groups, who will talk about how we have addressed the challenges of distributed governance of the Mobile Learning Initiative and made it all work as a whole.

April 11, 2013

B Mobile at the Program Level: Integration of Mobile Learning Across an Academic Program

From fall 2010 to spring 2012, Boise State explored the implementation of mobile learning in individual classes through our mLearning Scholars projects. Beginning in the summer of 2012, we took it to the next level. We initiated a project to integrate mobile learning across an entire academic program. Our Master of Applied Historical Research program was selected as our first "mProgram," requiring students in the program to purchase a mobile device and implementing mobile learning activities with an eye toward creating a cohesive experience across courses. This webinar will discuss their planning and preparation, and their experiences through the first (nearly) two semesters.

Past Workshops

November 29, 2012

Going Mobile at Boise State: Helping Faculty Explore Ideas and Get Started

Mobile learning initiatives have sometimes focused on getting devices into the hands of students. Early on, we decided that before such an initiative could be successful at Boise State, we needed to prepare faculty to effectively use teaching and learning strategies that leverage the capabilities of mobile devices. Opportunities to explore these capabilities, their potential impacts on teaching and learning, and the individual and institutional infrastructure and support needs for success are important to facilitate this faculty preparation. We've  offered a day-long B Mobile symposium, a week-long Teaching and Learning in a Mobile Environment Summer Institute, a mLearning Scholars semester-long cohort experience, and other faculty development options. This webinar will discuss these offerings -- what we did, how we did it, and the results achieved.

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October 25, 2012

Concierge Service and Technical Support for Mobile Learning

This webinar presents a case study for walk in support, embracing concepts learned from information commons and how it all comes into play with mobile learning. As the University uses more mobile devices in the classroom, the need for support changes and grows. Accordingly, support organizations need to adapt and flow with the changes. Join us as we discuss what has worked, where we needed to improve, and how we have addressed the issues of supporting the mobile learning environment.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere.

Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications

Exploring the Potential of Mobile Technologies to Support Teachers and Improve Practice

Key Issues to Consider and Implications for Policy Makers and Planners

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies

Logo: Emerald home.

Series: Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education v. 6D
Contributor(s): Laura A. Wankel (editor), Patrick Blessinger (editor), Charles Wankel (series editor),
Format: Paperback, 229 x 152mm , 250 pp
Publication date: 05 Feb 2013
Imprint: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN: 9781781905098
ISSN: 2044-9968

Price: $79.99  


Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Mobile Applications: Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies examines new research on how mobile technologies are being used in higher education to increase learner engagement in an epoch of increasing globalization and diversity. These enabling technologies are reshaping and reframing the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. Through case studies, surveys, and literature reviews, this volume will examine how mobile technologies are being used to improve teamwork and leadership skills in students, to create engaging communities of practice, and how these technologies are being used to create inter-cultural and global experiences. This volume will also discuss frameworks for adopting and deploying these technologies.



Pew > Mobile Connections to Libraries

by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr and Maeve Duggan


Some 13% of those ages 16 and older have visited library websites or otherwise accessed library services by mobile device. This is the first reading in a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project on this subject. An earlier survey in 2009 by scholars at the University of Washington found that 6% of Americans ages 16 and older had used a mobile device to connect to a library site, so the incidence of this activity has doubled since then.1

Those who are most likely to have connected to a library site include parents of minor children, women, and those with at least some college education.

Library website users

In all, the Pew Internet Project survey finds that 39% of Americans ages 16 and older have gone to a library website at one time or another and, of them, 64% visited a library site in the previous 12 months. That translates into 25% of all Americans ages 16+ who visited a library website in the past year.

Those who are most likely to have visited library websites are parents of minors, women, those with college educations, those under age 50, and people living in households earning $75,000 or more.

The 25% of Americans ages 16 and older who went to a library website in the past 12 months tended to do so with modest frequency:

  •  3% of them went every day or almost every day
  •  9% went at least once a week
  •  15% went several times a month
  •  27% went at least once a month
  •  46% went less often than that

When they were on the sites, users sampled a wide variety of library services. Of those 25% of Americans who went to a library website in the past 12 months:

  •  82% of them searched the library catalog for books (including audiobooks and e-books), CDs, and DVDs.
  •  72% got basic library information such as the hours of operation, location of branches, or directions.
  •  62% reserved books (including audiobooks and e-books), CDs, and DVDs.
  •  51% renewed a book, DVD, or CD. Those ages 30-49 and parents of minor children are especially likely to have done this.
  •  51% used an online database. Those ages 18-29 are particularly likely to have done this.
  •  48% looked for information about library programs or events. Those ages 50-64 are especially likely to do this.
  •  44% got research or homework help.
  •  30% read book reviews or got book recommendations.
  •  30% checked whether they owed fines or paid the fines online. Those ages 30-49 are particularly likely to have done this.
  •  27% signed up for library programs and events.
  •  22% borrowed or downloaded an e-book.
  •  6% reserved a meeting room.

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