Although I sometimes refer to myself as a “recovering academic,” the truth is that I value both the theoretical and the practical sides of mobile learning. I attended the 8th World Conference on mobile learning in Orlando, Fla., two years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, meeting new people and listening to fresh ideas. Academics are good at clarifying and conceptualizing, as well as doing more rigorous research than those of us who are practitioners and consultants are able or willing to do.
I couldn’t make it to the 10th World Conference in Beijing, China, this year, but luckily, the proceedings have been published online as a downloadable 500-page PDF document (expect it to take awhile to download). The conference proceedings allow you to read all the papers presented at the conference, without incurring the travel costs.
There were participants from 31 countries in attendance, and more than 80 papers presented. Transcripts of the four keynote presentations are there, along with long and short papers on these broad topics. One nice feature of this free electronic document is that when you click on a title in the Table of Contents, the program takes you directly to that paper. Broad categories of the papers in this volume are:
Topic 1: Mobile learning across formal and informal settings
Topic 2: Models for learning in a mobile context
Topic 3: Mobile Learning: theory, design and pedagogy
Topic 4: Ubiquitous and ambient learning and technology
Topic 5: Socio-cultural context of mobile learning
Topic 6: Assessment for learning with mobile devices
Topic 7: Adaptive, virtual or collaborative environments for mobile learning
Topic 8: Mobile Learning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
There are also papers from doctoral students, panel discussions, pre-conference workshop materials, poster papers, industry showcase presentations, and a “practitioner stream.”
I’ll be downloading this document as a valuable addition to my research library. You can have your own copy by clicking here.
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