Track Session 5

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1  

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The Impact of Mobility on Campus Media Centers (Track 1: Media & Mobility)

Mobile Learning: The Teacher's Perspective (Track 2: Teaching & Learning)

Chapter 0: How 20 Freshmen Created Their Own Electronic Text (Track 3: The Future of Books)

Into the Looking Glass: Using Video as Scaffold for Teacher Reflection; 
The Bus is Leaving; Are Your Teachers on Board?: Preparing the 21st-Century Teacher
(Track 4: K-12 Education)

The Challenges of Mobile Connectivity (Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics)

Seton Hill University: The Griffin Technology Advantage; 
The Journey to Mobile Learning
(Track 6: Campus Spotlights)

Social Media, Augmented Reality and Recent Advances in Mobile Learning (Track 7: Research)
 


 

Track 1: Media & Mobility

The Impact of Mobility on Campus Media Centers
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Kyle Dickson, Ph.D., Director of the AT&T Learning Studio, ACU
Chris Millet, Manager of Advanced Learning Projects, The Pennsylvania State University
Matt Frank, New Media Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Kyle Bowen, Director of Informatics, Purdue University 
Brown Library Core Classroom (room 235)

Over the last decade, campuses across the country have developed new media centers and studios to help students and faculty of all skill levels produce media projects. Often identified by high-end workstations and digitization equipment, these centers sought to bring users to a central location where training and production of media might be enhanced. What impact will mobile creation, editing, and publishing tools have on the traditional role of the new media center? How have our audiences or methods adapts in response to our mobile users? (*Session will begin with a short tour of the AT&T Learning Studio upstairs in the Brown Library.)

Kyle Dickson, Associate Professor of English and Director of the ACU Learning Studio. Since 2005, Kyle has given numerous campus and conference presentations on e-learning, podcasting, course blogs, and mobile learning. In 2007, he served as a co-writer of the ACU Connected vision document and continues to work closely with faculty to explore mobile media and tools for teaching across the university. He has directed the ACU Digital Media Center since 2009, leading its expansion in 2011 as the AT&T Learning Studio in the library commons. He has presented with colleagues at EDUCAUSE, ELI, the Handheld Learning Conference, SITE, and the New Media Consortium summer conferences.

Chris Millet is the Manager of Advanced Learning Projects at Education Technology Services (ETS), a division of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) and Information Technology Services (ITS). His responsibilities include managing the Media Commons service and Podcasts at Penn State, and exploring new technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning. Prior to coming to ETS, Chris worked for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for 6 years in the Solutions Institute where he was involved with designing and developing eLearning courses for the College. Chris earned a B.A. in Integrative Arts at Penn State where he studied digital media, and is currently involved in research on the integration of multimedia with teaching and learning, and will earn a Masters in Education from Instructional Systems with a focus on Educational Technology in Spring 2011.

Matt Frank is a New Media Specialist at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Matt spent 8 years working in television and film as a cinematographer and editor before crossing into academia as a Multimedia Consultant for Penn State University's Media Commons. Matt joined USC Annenberg's Web Technologies team in December of 2009. He currently develops and teaches multimedia workshops for the Annenberg iLab and helps incorporate and support instructional technologies in the classes.

Kyle Bowen is director of informatics at Purdue University, where he leads a development group focused on creating innovative applications within teaching, learning, and research. He recently led development of Hotseat and Mixable – two new social networking powered tools that enable students to collaborate via Twitter or Facebook both inside and outside of the classroom. Kyle has authored or served as technical director for, more than 20 books within the areas of Web design, development, and usability. His work has been featured by the New York Times, USA Today, TIME, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Track 2: Teaching & Learning

Mobile Learning: The Teacher's Perspective
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Panel of faculty from multiple institutions, facilitated by Dwayne Harapnuik 
McCaleb Conference Room B, Hunter Welcome Center

In this panel format, session participants will be able to hear from and interact with higher education faculty who are using mobile devices to enhance learning.

As perpetual student of inquiry, Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik has directed his inquisitive nature and focused his scholarly and professional efforts in the field of teaching & learning, instructional technology, mobile and web-based learning, and constructivism. Dwayne received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and is currently the Director of Faculty Enrichment at Abilene Christian University in Southwest Texas. As the Director of Faculty Enrichment Dwayne's primary responsibility is to help the faculty to develop active and engaging learning environments and to provide strategic leadership in: instructional design; faculty development; and enhancing teaching and learning with technology.

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Track 3: The Future of Books

Chapter 0: How 20 Freshmen Created Their Own Electronic Text
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Mark Phillips, Ph.D., Professor of Management Sciences, ACU 
McCaleb Conference Room C, Hunter Welcome Center

During the fall 2010 semester, an honors section of Introduction to Business was challenged to create their own electronic textbook replacement. This presentation will briefly summarize the process, including both high and low points, concluding with a look at the open-source product currently being used by students in the course.

Mark Phillips is an associate professor in the College of Business at Abilene Christian University. As an ACU Mobile Learning Fellow, he has implemented multiple mobile learning techniques in his large freshman business course. He is currently developing a new hybrid curriculum for the college's Principles of Marketing course.

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Track 4: K-12 Education

Into the Looking Glass: Using Video as Scaffold for Teacher Reflection
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Sheila Delony, Professor of Education, ACU 
McCaleb Conference Room A, Hunter Welcome Center

Effective teacher reflection requires that the image reflected on be accurate. Many times, teachers and teacher candidates are asked to reflect on their teaching, but depend only on their memories as the object of reflection. The accessibility and mobility of video recording lends itself to utilizing videos as tools for improving teacher reflection. This presentation will share the benefits and limitations of video reflection in a field-based, senior-level teacher preparation course. Teacher candidates in the course recorded small group reading lessons, reflected on their teaching, and applied their findings to subsequent lessons. 

Sheila Delony teaches undergraduate courses in reading instruction and assessment at Abilene Christian University. She previously taught at the elementary level and was an elementary campus literacy coach. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include teacher reflection, professionalism, and efficacy.


The Bus is Leaving; Are Your Teachers on Board?: Preparing the 21st-Century Teacher
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Billie McConnell, Director of K-12 Digital Learning Institute, ACU
McCaleb Conference Room A, Hunter Welcome Center

Preparing teachers to integrate technology is one of the most important, and perhaps least planned, part of an implementation. This presentation will explore the factors that will help teachers understand the expectations and goals, help administrators have realistic expectations, and inform all concerned of the roadblocks and success factors from other initiatives.

Billie McConnell serves as the Director of the ACU K-12 Digital Learning institute and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Teacher Education program at Abilene Christian University. His primary focus is on integrating technology in K-12 classrooms in order that students may develop 21st century skills. His experience includes serving in K-12 schools as a teacher, coach, Director of Instructional Technology and Administrator and has implemented a one-to-one program. His education includes an MS in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas and a Ed.D in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.

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Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics

The Challenges of Mobile Connectivity
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Arthur Brant, Director of Enterprise Infrastructure, ACU
Tom Anderson, Apple Network Engineer, Shenandoah University
Dempsey Peterson, Senior Network Analyst, ACU
Living Room, McGlothlin Campus Center

Mobile device connectivity offers some unique challenges in terms of both coverage and capacity. Learn what institutions have done to address these challenges in order to ensure a robust and functional connected environment.

As Director of Enterprise Infrastructure, Arthur Brant coordinates the areas of networking, telecommunications, network security, server administration, storage, and virtualization for Abilene Christian. With respect to mobile learning, Arthur has worked to recast the connectivity conversation, focusing on capacity planning versus simple coverage. Critical to the success of mobile connectivity is the effort to ensure that all mobile devices have a robust and reliable connection to the wireless data network and the resources available online. Arthur believes mobile connectivity is a product of effective collaboration with students, faculty, and all institutional technology groups.

Tom Anderson came to Shenandoah University as an Apple Network Engineer in April 2010. Tom is responsible for all technical aspects of the iMLearning program, including server and client systems management, mobile device support, future technologies planning, and providing assistance to the Technology Support Services. Prior to coming to Shenandoah University, Tom owned his own consulting firm where he provided strategic IT planning and operations support to small businesses, supporting over 150 clients. Tom was also a Technical Manager at AOL, where he led an international team of systems engineers responsible for managing the enterprise's 20,000 desktop and laptop systems.

Dempsey Peterson currently serves Abilene Christian University as the Wireless Network Administrator. Dempsey has been with ACU for more than 17 years working in the area of Networking Services.  With ACU's commitment to mobile learning, Dempsey's activities focus on ensuring each campus space is equipped and optimized for a robust and reliable wireless connected environment.

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Track 6: Campus Spotlights

Seton Hill University: The Griffin Technology Advantage
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Philip Komarny, Vice President for Information Technology, CIO, Seton Hill University
Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Seton Hill University
Shore Art Gallery

The Griffin Technology Advantage, Seton Hill's commitment to provide students with the best in technology and collaborative learning tools, ensures that Seton Hill students will be uniquely suited to whatever careers they choose ‚Äî even careers that have not yet been created. Beginning in the fall of 2010, all first-year undergraduate students at Seton Hill received a 13" MacBook Pro laptop and an iPad, all full-time upperclassmen and graduate students received an iPad, and all full-time faculty received an iPad (with application support of up to $30). As part of this initiative, students have complete access to these mobile technologies for use in classes as well as for personal use.  With this technology at their fingertips, students can create a just-in-time learning environment, stay in touch with professors, advisors and classmates, research any topic at any time, engage in hybrid and fully online courses, and access a whole host of Seton Hill technology services. In doing so, students are learning the technological skills they'll need in the twenty-first century workforce. Seton Hill's faculty are involved in year-long training on the  effective use of web 2.0 tools to enhance the learning experience, and they have been meeting for teaching and learning forums focused on the use of the iPad in the classroom. Early assessments results from the first semester of the program are quite promising.

Phil Komarny joined Seton Hill University as the vice president of information technology in 2009. In his position, Komarny manages and implements the university's strategic plan for technology and specific technology projects. Komarny was instrumental in the development and implementation of the university's Griffin Technology Advantage program.

Mary Ann Gawelek is the provost and dean of the faculty at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Beginning her thirteenth year at Seton Hill, Dr. Gawelek is responsible for all undergraduate, graduate and adult programs which serve more than 2,000 full and part-time students. She believes that mobile technology expands the opportunities for learning and can facilitate critical thinking skills when used by faculty committed to engaging pedagogical strategies.


The Journey to Mobile Learning
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
John Hermes, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Oklahoma Christian University
John Hanlon, Manager of Technology Solutions and Innovation
Shore Art Gallery

Oklahoma Christian University has offered support for mobile technologies as part of its strategic objective for over a decade. While the technologies have continued to evolve, the vision for a ubiquitous learning community has remained the same. This session provides an overview of the University's successful leadership in technology innovation that has enhanced student learning environments and the university community, through a mobile one-to-one laptop program, a smart phone/handheld program, and mobile application development.

John Hermes currently serves as the vice president for information technology and chief technology officer at Oklahoma Christian University. Hermes has over 15 years of technology support and management experience in higher education. His background includes systems administration and network architecture management and design. Hermes' responsibilities have included managing the early adoption and implementation of a campus-wide wireless network in 2000 and the integration of a support and management model for the university's mobile-learning projects. These mobile-learning projects have included 10 years of a student laptop one-to-one program and a 3-year project that has provided an iPod touch or iPhone to every undergraduate student. Hermes and his team continue to focus on extending learning-centered technology solutions and communication tools to emerging mobile devices.

John Hanlon has over 10 years of experience in the technology industry and has played a key role in Oklahoma Christian's mobile computing project since 2004. His background includes experience in infrastructure development, business management and systems administration. He has managed the logistical requirements of the University's deployment of its MacBook and iPhone/iPod fleets in 2008. Hanlon and his team continue to manage the operational requirements of the mobile computing program as well as seeking new, innovative solutions to enhance campus cohesiveness and enrich the learning experience.

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Track 7: Research

Can Augmented Reality Put the "Mobile" in Mobile Learning?
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Kenny Jones, Associate Professor of Art, ACU
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

Augmented Reality (AR) can be described as layering virtual digital content on top of "real life" sites, in this case seen through an iPhone camera in real time. In this project, the potential for AR to enhance the learning experience of students, while offering an enhanced experience to those who come to view artwork on the ACU campus was investigated. Preliminary project findings with art students who create and design for publicly viewed AR content will be described.

Kenny Jones' career in art and education began in 1986 with the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee where he served as the Associate Curator of Education and oversaw and designed outreach programs supported by the N.E.A. Since 1991 he has taught over 20 different university courses including art history, studio art, art criticism and offerings in the Honors program in addition to museum studies at Chicago, New York City and Belgium-Germany-Holland-France. He has served as Foundations Director at ACU since 2005 and is a practicing artist who was recently awarded the Judge's Best of Show Award for the 2010 Big Country Art Association Competition


Reducing Discrepant Perceptions Between Home and School Use of Mobile Learning Technologies
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Louise Duncan, eLearning Coordinator, Shepparton High School (Australia)
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

There is a clear disconnection between the way students perceive technologies at home and school. This presentation looks at data gathered in Australia in a range of trials using the iPod touch and iPad to successfully improve student engagement and outcomes. This information is used to increase the confidence of educators to use mobile technologies in their learning programs, to reduce parent and community skepticism and to bridge the gap between use of mobile technologies in formal and informal learning settings by our students.

Louise Duncan has been teaching in secondary schools in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria since 1988. She has taken a leading role in the implementation of many ICT programs. At Shepparton High School since 2003, Louise has implemented both ICT rich and personal learning curricula. Recently, she has been leading a team which has designed a new learning space and personal learning program which has been running successfully at the school for the past five years. Using iPod touches in this program has allowed her and her colleagues to explore how personal mobile devices can improve student learning. As a result, Louise was awarded the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship in 2009. allowing her to continue her research into mobile learning in the UK and US. Louise is part of a team of innovative educators from around Australia bringing the 'SlidetoLearn' event to Shepparton High School in 2010 and the Sunshine Coast in 2011, where best practices in mobile learning are shared with teachers from across the country.


Putting Mobile Back in Mobile Learning
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 1
Mark van 't Hooft, Ph.D., Researcher and Technology Specialist, Kent State University
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

Recent critics of mobile learning have argued that the mLearning revolution has merely provided "mobile learning in the classroom" (Nash, 2009), which is an oxymoron at best. While mobile tools provide one-to-one access to digital tools in formal classroom settings that is relatively cheap and affordable, it is their mobility that creates the most powerful opportunities for learning. This presentation will discuss the importance of "mobile" in mobile learning, illustrated with examples from a variety of projects.

Mark van 't Hooft is a former teacher and technology specialist, and currently a researcher at Kent State University's Research Center for Educational Technology. He is a founding member and current chair of the Special Interest Group for mobile learning (SIGML) for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). His research focuses on ubiquitous computing and the use of mobile technology in K-12 education, especially in the social studies.

 


 
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The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?
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