Exchange of experiences on M-Learning
The Mobile Learning Day 2009 on the 19th of November 2009 at the University of Hagen (FernUniversität in Hagen) was the second successful conference on the topic of Mobile Learning. The event addressed the scientific community as well as people from the area of e-learning and advanced vocational training. This year, the event focus – with all of its lectures, panel discussions, workshops and the exhibition – on three topics; ‚M-Learning in Academia‘, ‚M-Learning in the Industry‘ and ‚International Projects on M-Learning‘. The Research Group Mobile Learning was glad to welcome over 100 guests and pleased with the active support by the ten exhibitors in the Mobile Learning Exhibition.
After being welcomed by Prof. Dr. Claudia de Witt (University of Hagen) and Peter Krauss-Hoffmann (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), Prof. Dr.Nicola Döring (University of Ilmenau) hold a keynote on the state of research and development of Mobile Learning in higher education. Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht (Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies) then gave a visionary view of various applications outside the university and introduced the initiative CELSTEC.org. In contrast to that, Dr. Martina Henn-Sax (tutor2go) reported in her presentation about experiences with Mobile Learning in the high-school. In the following discussion with the speakers, Prof. Dr. Bettina Harriehausen-Mühlbauer (University of Darmstadt) and Dr. Annabell Preußler (University of Duisburg-Essen) there was a debate about the differences between Mobile Learning and other forms of learning, but also about the dangers of permanent learning compulsion.
In the afternoon, Dr. Matthias Kose (mobilinga GmbH) opened the second topic block, with a focus on mobile learning offers in job-related use. In his keynote speech, he spoke about technical trends in the field of mobile technologies and showed the audience several case studies, e.g. location based supplement in history courses. In the subsequent presentation Ferdal Özcelik (BGAG/DGUV) reported first results from a joint project on Mobile Learning in the logistics industry. David Penkert (digital publishing AG) had a little bit different perspective on the topic of Mobile Learning; in his lecture he presented the possibilities of learning applications on USB sticks. At the end the audience discussed with the speakers, Reinhard Müller (KaSyX GmbH & Co. KG) and Uwe Weinreich (Weinreich GmbH) about (usage) costs of mobile learning applications and the technical feasibility of some future learning scenarios for mobile devices.
The thematically varied event closed with three parallel workshops, where participants had the possibility to deal more intensively with certain topics and to connect with other like-minded people. In the workshop ‚Mobile Learning in Academia‘ the group discussed together with Dr. Andreas Bischoff (University of Hagen) about the dangers of mobile social networks and the location possibility of mobile devices. The workshop hosted by Oliver Pincus (afelio GmbH) on ‚Mobile Learning in the Industry‘ dealt with the questions for whom Mobile Learning is meaningful and how to get Mobile Learning offers profitability, against the background of the development costs. In the third and by Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht (Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies) conducted workshop on ‚International Projects on Mobile Learning‘ the group spoke about international standards for Mobile Education and about the cultural differences in learning habits from country to country.
The event series „Mobile Learning Day“ will be continued and expanded in 2010. On the 3rd and 4th of November 2010 once again experts and interested parties will meet to exchange on current trends in Mobile Learning and to discuss mobile technology and education offerings. In addition to the mobile learning projects at universities and in industry, there will also be a focus on mobile learning applications in schools and the specific (learning) characteristics in the target group of young people. In the accompanying exhibition and as participators in various workshops and smaller working groups, the guests can discuss specific subjects in more depth and share experiences.
See you at the Mobile Learning Days 2010 – 3rd and 4th of November 2010 🙂