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mLearning in Practice is a course about mobile learning, or ‘mlearning’ - learning with mobile or handheld devices. The course aims to explore mLearning from both the learner’s and the educator’s perspective.
We look at the range of mobile or handheld devices currently available for learning, and we examine current best practice and principles in mLearning. We consider mLearning both in and outside the classroom, and in both formal and informal learning situations.
We explore some of the games and apps (small programs or 'applications') currently available in education, and we also look at the wider issues and practicalities of implementing mLearning. The course examines a range of case studies and considers how mLearning can be integrated into project work with learners in a range of disciplines and contexts.
The course is hands-on and firmly based in classroom practice. During the course, you will be encouraged to try out and evaluate apps and learning content on your own mobile/cell phone (assuming you have one). Note that it is not necessary to own a mobile/cell phone of any description to take the course, although if you own a smartphone, you could take the entire course on it!
mLearning in Practice is aimed at teachers and trainers who are interested in integrating elements of mLearning in their own classroom practice. The course is also relevant to directors and educational managers who would like to learn about the potential of mLearning, and how it might best be implemented within their educational context. If you are involved in education, and interested in learning more about the growing field of a mLearning, then this is the course for you.
The course assumes no previous knowledge or experience of mLearning. However, if you are already working in this field, or have some experience of mLearning, you will be encouraged to share your knowledge and expertise with the group, and to develop your own understanding of mLearning during the course.
The course aims are as follows:
mLearning fin Practice’ is a 30-hour course offered over six weeks. The course consists of six modules, with one module per week, as follows. Each module requires approximately 5 hours work.
Like all of our online courses, ‘mLearning in Practice’ is offered 100% online in Moodle. It is fully tutor supported , with one tutor for every 10 participants, and two tutors for courses with 11 to 15 participants. 15 is the maximum group size. This means that you get a lot of personalised support, and are in constant contact with your tutor and course colleagues.
For this course, we will also be offering the content for mobile applications such as iPhones, the iPad, etc., through dedicated Moodle apps such as mTouch.
mLearning in Practice’ consists of a total of 30 hours work, and runs over six weeks. You are expected to spend about 5 hours per week on online individual, pair and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course.
There are no 'fixed' times to be online - apart from regular timetabled online video conferencing sessions, once every two weeks. The times of these video conferencing sessions are negotiated on a per course basis to suit everyone in the group. You will receive a detailed study timetable to help you organise your workload effectively once you have enrolled on the course.
You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge of online learning or mLearning to take the course, although basic experience of email and Internet browsing is expected. In the case of our ‘mLearning in Practice course, you can take the course entirely from a desktop or laptop computer. If you own a smart phone, you can download one of the Moodle apps, and complete parts of (or the entire) course on your phone.
However, the course also contains activities and tasks aimed at lower range mobile/cell phones, but these are optional, and you do not need a cell phone or mobile device at all to take part in the course.
Basic hardware and software required for the course:
Competence in written and spoken English, whether English is the your first, second or foreign language is required. Your English must be of a standard sufficient to enable you to fully understand and complete the course work.
The Consultants-E will issue you with a Certificate on successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course is defined as completing 80% of the course work to an acceptable standard, and especially the final course project, where applicable.
You can enrol online via the mLearning in Practice course enrolment form. You can then pay the course fee of 595 € online via PayPal. The
course fee covers all course content and documentation, video
conferencing sessions, full tutor support and ongoing feedback.
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