Recently profiled in Online Colleges and Academic Impressions, Boise State University has been exploring mobile learning since Fall 2010. Beginning in Fall 2011, Boise State formally launched the Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI), a cooperative exploration of mobile learning led jointly by four campus partners, and involving faculty from every college and many academic programs. Among other undertakings, the MLI has implemented mobile learning in individual courses, provided opportunities for intensive faculty development in mobile teaching strategies, begun to integrate mobile learning across an entire academic program, vastly expanded networking infrastructure and e-content offerings, and augmented a complete redesign of Boise State’s undergraduate curriculum.
We invite all who are interested in learning more about Boise State’s Mobile Learning Initiative, with an eye toward thinking about mobile learning on their own campuses, to participate in a series of five webinars to be offered during the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. All webinars will be held from 11:00 AM to noon Mountain Time on a Thursday. The dates, titles, and descriptions of the webinars follow.
For information on how to participate in these webinars, click here.
October 25, 2012
Concierge Service and Technical Support for Mobile Learning
This webinar presents a case study for walk in support, embracing concepts learned from information commons and how it all comes into play with mobile learning. As the University uses more mobile devices in the classroom, the need for support changes and grows. Accordingly, support organizations need to adapt and flow with the changes. Join us as we discuss what has worked, where we needed to improve, and how we have addressed the issues of supporting the mobile learning environment.
November 29, 2012
Going Mobile at Boise State: Helping Faculty Explore Ideas and Get Started
Mobile learning initiatives have sometimes focused on getting devices into the hands of students. Early on, we decided that before such an initiative could be successful at Boise State, we needed to prepare faculty to effectively use teaching and learning strategies that leverage the capabilities of mobile devices. Opportunities to explore these capabilities, their potential impacts on teaching and learning, and the individual and institutional infrastructure and support needs for success are important to facilitate this faculty preparation. We've offered a day-long B Mobile symposium, a week-long Teaching and Learning in a Mobile Environment Summer Institute, a mLearning Scholars semester-long cohort experience, and other faculty development options. This webinar will discuss these offerings -- what we did, how we did it, and the results achieved.
February 14, 2013
Library Instruction Using Mobile Devices
Albertsons Library has successfully leveraged the use mobile devices for helping students learn research skills. Librarians are now going to classrooms and teaching two instruction sessions — 1) finding information and 2) evaluating information. The library sessions provide hands-on, active learning opportunities for student teams, built around the use of iPads to explore library resources. In fall 2012, this included instruction to seventy-four classes in Boise State's "University Foundations 100" course, the first course in our general education program. Ten classes of junior level transfer students received an additional session — 3) advanced searching techniques. The instruction curriculum is purposefully designed using mobile teaching and learning strategies.
Re-presented March 7, 2013
March 14, 2013
Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination: How Campus Partners Make the Mobile Learning Initiative Work
Boise State University’s Mobile Learning Initiative is a cooperative effort with leadership and contributions from several independent campus units, including Academic Technologies, Albertsons Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Information Technology (not to mention all of the academic departments and programs involved, and their faculty). At this webinar, you’ll hear from representative of all of these groups, who will talk about how we have addressed the challenges of distributed governance of the Mobile Learning Initiative and made it all work as a whole.
April 11, 2013
B Mobile at the Program Level: Integration of Mobile Learning Across an Academic Program
From fall 2010 to spring 2012, Boise State explored the implementation of mobile learning in individual classes through our mLearning Scholars projects. Beginning in the summer of 2012, we took it to the next level. We initiated a project to integrate mobile learning across an entire academic program. Our Master of Applied Historical Research program was selected as our first "mProgram," requiring students in the program to purchase a mobile device and implementing mobile learning activities with an eye toward creating a cohesive experience across courses. This webinar will discuss their planning and preparation, and their experiences through the first (nearly) two semesters.