Exploiting mobile devices for learning


The importance of devices such as iPhones to the future of teaching was highlighted at an event ran by the Higher Education Academy, Information and Computer Sciences Centre on 12th May 2011 at Millennium Point.

The Challenge of Learner Devices Delivering Computer Science, a Higher Education Academy event in Mobile Technologies, was hosted by The School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks, part of the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Birmingham City University Lecturer, Dr Thomas Lancaster said: “The day brought together eight external speakers who presented state-of-the-art research including Dr Darren Mundy from the University of Hull.”

“Delegates went home with the message that they need to move teaching, delivery and assessment onto devices students routinely carry around with them such as iPhones, iPads and netbooks.”

The day was chaired by Professor John Traxler, Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton and a leading researcher in the field of mobile learning. Dr David Gibson, Deputy Head of The School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks delivered the opening welcome and the School’s Dr Kathleen Maitland presented a case study entitled Student Accessibility to SAS software in the Cloud. This was based around her experiences in leading the School's endeavours with the world’s first ever SAS Student Academy. SAS are a leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Dr Maitland said: “The event was well received by delegates and can be considered a great success.”

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