‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ #BYOD4L @MELSIGUK

MEL SIGNew Year, new challenges, new opportunities. That’s as much happy-stuff I can muster at the moment – it’s the 3rd day back to work after a wonderful, but tiring, 2 week festive break and I’ve got a stinker of a cold (not that you wanted to hear that).

So, to start the year on a positive note this course, ‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’, not only attracted my attention but I was also invited to help create and facilitate it. Running from January 27th to 31st, the ‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ (BYOD4L) short (open) course, is from the Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group. Participants will be able to immerse themselves (students or teachers) in a range of opportunities to explore the use of smart devices for learning and teaching in their professional context in an immersive, open and collaborative environment.

Devised by Sue Beckingham and Chrissi Nerantzi, the course will bring like-minded teachers and learners together in an environment where connection, collaboration, curation, creation, and commuication in and around mobile/smart devices are used (or could/should be used) from those with experience and those looking to gain experience and insight into this field of ‘technology enhanced learning’.

YouTube: BYOD4Learning course designer and facilitator

“…the topics and activities provide a scaffold for learning and introduce participants to progressively more complex uses in bite-size learning chunks that trigger interest, engagement and help them to make connections to people, ideas and reflect on their own practice.In BYOD4Learning we are all learners and support each other! Let’s share what we know to grow as a community!”

Website: http://byod4learning.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @MELSIGUK
Hashtag: #BYOD4L

Participants will also be able to earn badges for their engagement in each activity/learning scenario as well as a final sixth badge for completing the whole course.

The course is part of a fuller investigation into mobile learning and this is your opportunity to be involved in this and much more. Join us on January 27th when it starts!

  • Thank you so much for joining the #BYOD4L family dear David and for all your valuable help with the badges. I am learning so much already. Also nice seeing you capturing some of your thoughts about the course. Seeing my video here… wasn’t that pleasant… so much easier to be behind the camera, but then again we learn most when we feel uncomfortable? Speak again soon. Chrissi

    • Thanks Chrissi, it’s all coming together really rather well, and all credit to you and Sue for getting it all planned and implemented. There is quite a lot of buzz around the course at the moment so we’ve something to live up to.

      All the best, David

  • Michelle

    This is an interesting concept that I have never heard of before. It is interesting to think about considering public educations current outlook on smart phone and other devices students own. In my county students are not to have a phone on them unless it is a documented device, and even then it has to be turned off. But with programs such as mQlicker, it is a trend that will hopefully soon end. With apps like these on their phones students can become an interactive member of their classroom through the use of their phones, iPads or what have you.

    • Thanks Michelle. Your story is all to often a common one, where a possible fear of the mobile devices will be used for anything and everything but the actual learning. You ought to look at the work of Professor Stephen Heppell who has done a lot around student use of handheld technology – “every turned off device is potentially a turned off child” – http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/video/video-learning-to-change-changing-to-learn/

      I hope this helps, all the best, David

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