The leading idea of the workshop in Germany, entitled „Calling mobile – learning mobile?!” is to encourage multipliers in adult learning to use mobile phones on a daily work base as an instrument of learning. In particular, the participants of the workshop will get to know, how to implement the mobile phone as a tool of learning in their daily work.
The workshop will be held by Daniel Zils (medien+bildung.com) in collaboration with the More Generational House Wittlich, represented by Michaele Schneider.
The target groups of the workshop are first multipliers in the field of adult learning, like trainers in community schools and others and second senior adults, who work on a voluntary base in More Generational Houses in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The goal of the workshop is to encourage the participants to use the mobile phone not only for communicational purposes, but rather use the variety given by the mobile device. From taking photos and taking short video clips to recording podcasts, the participants get a deep look inside, of what is possible with the mobile device as a learning tool.
The structure of the workshop will be held through three meetings in Wittlich (16th, 23rd and 30th of September 2011) and additional homework in between. One goal of the workshop could be the implementation of a web platform, where the learners can share their results and discuss the outcome.
Download the German Workshop report here.
The leading idea of the Florence workshop entitled “Mobile 2.0 to support visibility and job search” was to help adult disadvantaged learners to develop digital skills to promote self-representation and increase personal visibility for job search and placement. In particular, the focus was on how to design, implement and disseminate a multimedia CV (curriculum vitae) by using mobile phones and web 2.0 tools.
The target group was made up of people in search of a first job or people with difficulties in finding new jobs requiring media skills and competence and of immigrants looking for new opportunities in the Italian marketplace.
The workshop took place through 3 meetings between May (30th) and June (6th and 13rd) 2011. It involved about 10 people aged 25-60, some coming from Tuscany, others from Romania, Morocco and Perù. The meetings were carried out in the rooms of Novolab, the public space promoted at local level by Provincia di Firenze for integration between learning and job.
The workshop was structured as follows:
Mobile devices as learning tools were considered in a twofold perspectives, i.e. as a tool to gather visual information about the individual contexts of life to be used in the multimedia cv and as a tool to interact with students. Moreover, we investigated the students’ representations and uses of mobile devices through a dedicated survey.
Moreover, a blog was implemented to support content delivery and sharing, and interaction.
At the end of the process, all the participants implemented a first draft of their multimedia CV. Some examples will be published on the workshop website.
An analysis of the workshop’s research results is still underway.
Download the Florence Workshop report here.
The leading idea for the London workshop, which will be led by Ben Bachmair and Norbert Pachler, is to help at-risk learners (NEETs) due to enrol for some specialist provision at Uxbridge College to identify personal learning themes in preparation for engagement with learning opportunities to be offered by the college.
The target group is characterized by difficulties in engaging with formal learning opportunities and participants in the workshop have a history of poor attendance. They can typically be described as being uneasy with traditional cultural practices of formal education.
The rationale behind the workshop is to help participants bridge that gap and to enable them to harness their personal media and learning habits in preparation for formal educational contexts.
One idea is to split the cohort into three groups to investigate their personal motivation and the learning options available at Uxbridge College. The groups interview each other (videos), take photos of their formal learning as well as from social contexts, e.g. bring photos from at home etc. Finally they prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the workshop facilitators with their results. A role play could be helpful in which the facilitators assume the role of learners who have to follow the personal curriculum of the students.
The project will build on prior work of the London Mobile Learning Group (http://www.londonmobilelearning.net), in particular the notions of conversational threads, responsive contexts and user-generated contexts (see the flyer Parameters and focal points for planning and evaluation of mobile learning [add URL to document here]).
The project is underpinned by a view of learning as an interrelation of target orientation with self-representation and play. Usually at-risk learners (NEETs) direct their forms of self-representation and playing against the target orientation of instruction in formal educational contexts. Therefore, the approach taken will allow for self-representation (references Facebook, YouTube etc) and elements of play.
Participants produce a first portfolio with the two strands: a personal diary; and in relation to learning outcomes.
In the course of the workshop, the facilitators will also seek to explore the mobile media habitus of the target audience and their perceptions about the usefulness of their mobile expertise in relation to a habitus of learning. For this participants could use the personal diary aspect of the portfolio.
The facilitators also produce their own mobile portfolio. The aim is to enhance reflexivity of participants and facilitators by setting up conversational threads through portfolios.
Download the London Workshop report here.
For further details, please contact Norbert Pachler.
The leading idea of the Belgian workshop entitled “Become Media Coach” (http://www.media-animation.be/Media...) was to train educators who are working in cultural, social or educative organization and to allow them to enforce media literacy issues and projects in their practices. This 2011 edition also aims to try to use mobile learning tools to improve the way of learning and of understand it.
The workshop was led by a strong partnership (Media Animation, ACMJ, AJP, JFB, CBAI, RTBF, La Mediathèque and ICC) over a period of 8 months (from March to October 2011). The mobile dimension was included all along the project and led by Paul de Theux and Catherine Geeroms from Media Animation.
The target group was made up of people who are not media literacy experts and more especially:
The workshop took place through 5 days of seminars (on different media literacy issues), 2 days of technical workshops (audiovisual media or information and writing on the Internet) and one ½ open day (rumors and conspiracy theory or young people and media production). After that, each participant has 3 months to prepare and present a practical media literacy project in relation with her job.
Within the project we decided to implement a web 2.0 platform to allow participants to extend what happened and has been taught during seminars. We decided to work with Moodle platform: http://www.media-coach.eu/moodle/. Indeed that tool allows the users to work on different levels and to organize each seminar as a lecture. In each online lecture, a wiki and blog space were implemented to share contents, ideas and to interact.
The target group was not particularly aware of new technologies, social networks and mobile learning. Or in their job, they are working with young people who are often immersed in those web 2.0 tools. We thought that one best way to learn about mobile tools was to use them during the training.
One expected aim of the Moodle platform is to allow participants to have a mobile access to content and information of the media coach program, but also to enhance their reflexivity about mobile learning. Another expected aim is to allow them to exchange ideas and practices during the elaboration of their own project with other participants and stakeholders of the partnership. The last expected aim is to allow some participants to test other mobile learning devices and models within their own project.
The evaluation of each participant’s project will happen in October 2011. Certification will be given to any successful project. This evaluation time will also be the opportunity to come back to the media coach Moodle assessment.
Download the Belgian Workshop report here.