Andrew Eynon’s Library Blog

A blog about librarianship in Further Education

MmIT Mobile learning seminar

Posted by andrewey on December 17, 2008

I attended an event yesterday at Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) on the use of mobile technologies in FE, HE and public libraries organised by the North West branch of MmIT.  

The event also included much reference to Web 2.0 tools, in addition to mobile technologies. The first talk looked at the use of training videos, primarily in Hospitality and Hair & Beauty, at West Cheshire College. The college has its own YouTube channelcontaining in-house produced training videos. The college library service also supports mobile learning through the loan of digital cameras, laptops and even Nintendo DSs.

 The second talk focused on the use of games consoles by Blackburn with Darwen public libraries – which were used as part of a programme of reader development by ‘stealth’ to attract more teenagers, particularly lads, to use the library. The library had also used ‘brain training’ software to encourage use of the library by over 50s.

Finally there was a talk about a research project at JMU looking at the use of mobile technologies and mobile learning within the university. This research project is only in its infancy but there were already some interesting findings on how students regard the use of mobile technologies in education. One of the researchers is keeping a blog on the project if you want to follow their findings.

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