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A Touch of Mobile Learning


Source: Penny Bentley

You’re “doing” mobile learning if:

  • you’re not constrained to a particular location
  • you’ve got a device that’s easy to carry around (tablet, smartphone)

It’s beneficial because:

  • opportunities are everywhere
  • it’s an informal and spontaneous way to learn
  • makes learning more personal and authentic

Here’s an example…my iPhone has a pretty good camera for taking photos. It’s with me all the time and takes up little space. I have apps that enable me to add text to a series of photos, pin them to a map, share with others and upload to an archive.

The image above was shot with my mobile device. It’s a weed, a humble dandelion. Not only does it look amazing through a macro lens, but it has a fascinating history. By using the internet I’ve discovered that dandelions have been around for 30 million years and are used in coffee, salads, sandwiches and wine making. They’ve also been used for medicinal purposes and their seeds are easily spread by animals. The public domain image found on Wikipedia helps me to identify different parts of the dandelion life cycle. 

I can contribute to a Citizen Science project by uploading photos to the Atlas of Living Australia. Contributing to Australia’s biodiversity knowledge is a wonderful learning outcome. 

The mobile phone is a capable content consuming, creating and sharing device.


Source: Kohler’s Medicinal Plants, Wikipedia

Here’s more of my images on Flickr.


Introducing Online Instruction for Open Educators


Out of Canada here’s a MOOC that sparks a passion.

I’ve signed up & need to get cracking with some reflective posts.


Vision: Online learning is inclusive, engaging and effective.

Mission: Deliver well-designed and effective, online courses and open education resources to diverse learners around the world.


  • Knowledge is a public good
  • Open education is not low quality education
  • Teachers and learners are equal partners
  • Through education we are empowered to achieve our goals
  • Through education we are empowered to help others


Reclaim Hosting

imageI needed another project…went hunting for a MOOCy thing and ended up with #reclaimhosting.

“managing and experimenting with an open source toolbox”

For $12 I’m building and managing my own domain under the expert guidance of Jim Groom and his Reclaim Hosting videos. Only time will tell how this DIY project goes but, regardless of what happens, it’s exciting.


Teens to Adults

ipadsThis is heaps of fun, showing adult learners how to use iPads in meaningful ways. Running classes at three Learn Local organisations has been my first, face to face opportunity in this sector.

I’m sort of “blending” my face to face time with online help. Here’s our website.

This new teaching environment has me thinking about Adult Learning Principles and how they compare to the pedagogy I’ve been practicing for over 20 years.

I’m not convinced these Principles are exclusive to adults…far from it.

  • adults are internally motivated and self-directed
  • they like to be respected
  • are practical
  • need to see the relevance of what they are learning
  • are goal oriented
  • have life experiences and prior knowledge

I’ll be back with greater insight at the end of term.