Evaluating your Mobile Learning Implementation- Meeting 2

Today tablets have been handed out in their boxes and with a leather case. If you use any accessories with yours that might be beneficial to others, please share on your blog.

I have suggested that you set up wordpress/blogger/whatever blogging client you are using on your tablet for easy updating of your blog. This will also force you to be more immersed in the use of mobile tablet from the student perspective. Try to use a variety of media in your posts to get the experience of creating  and interacting on the web with your device the way your students are likely to.

As you consider your plan for September, as mentioned in the previous post, you need to think about how to evaluate your implementation of learning with mobile technology.

Evaluation is an important part of designing any technology enhanced initiative, and applying mobile technologies to enhance learning and teaching presents particular challenges in evaluation. These include:

  • Capturing and analysing learning in and across contexts,
  • Measuring mobile learning processes and outcomes,
  • Respecting learner/participant privacy,
  • Assessing mobile technology utility and usability,
  • Considering the wider organisational and socio-cultural context of learning, and assessing in/formality.
                                                              (Vavoula, Sharples, 2008)

The paper suggests a 3 level framework which can be used  for evaluation.

  1. Micro Level: Individual activities of tech users-what your students will doing…assessing usability and utility.
  2. Meso: The learning experience as a whole to identify learning breakthroughs and breakdowns. How well it integrates with other related learning experiences,
  3. Macro level: longer term impact of the new technology on established educational and learning practices.

Consider if you need to need ethical clearance for anything you will be doing.

Remember that “For all research and scholarship conducted in DIT, whether directly or indirectly funded through DIT a research ethics / assessment of risk form must be completed and the ethics declaration must be signed (a electronic version is acceptable)”

http://www.dit.ie/researchandenterprise/ethicsindit

References:

Vavoula, G.N., Sharples, M. ‘Challenges in Evaluating Mobile Learning’ in Traxler, J., Riordan, B., Dennett, C. (eds) Proceedings of the mLearn 2008 Conference (School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wolverhampton © 2008) pp. 296-303

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