Today is the MoLeNET Conference, the second conference MoLeNET has had. Last year the conference was at the Emirates Stadium, this year at the Grange Hotel near St Pauls.
Gloucestershire College will be there in force today. Last year I did a ten minute slot on the Glossy Project. This year, Alan Graham will be presenting in the research strand on what we did in the Shiny project in terms of research. Whilst Rob Whitehouse will be doing the ten minute slot on the use of video assessment and the impact on learning. Rob Allen, who has done some fantastic work on mobile learning in plumbing and heating will be on our stand. And…. myself and Greg Smith, the college Principal, will be delivering one of the keynotes.
Glossy and Shiny have had a real cultural impact in the college and I hope to share how we achieved this in the college.
In case you were wondering, our third MoLeNET project is called Sparkly and is about sharing what we do with two partners, Stroud College and Royal Forest of Dead College Royal Forest of Dean College.
Update: Oops that should be Royal Forest of Dean College, must have dead on the brain!
I am honoured and privileged to win the Learning Technologist of the Year award from the Association of Learning Technologies.
This award not only recognises the work I have undertaken at Gloucestershire College in enabling, embedding and promoting the use of learning technologies; it is also an award for all the staff and management at the college who use learning technologies effectively to enhance and enrich the learning experience.
I was presented with the award by Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor Designate of the Open University at the ALT-C 2009 Gala Dinner in Manchester.
What was also nice was that the LSN MoLeNET team (of whom I am part of) was highly commended in the Team award.
Photographs from Photoshy.
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The LSN have released the full list of MoLeNET 2 projects.
In the end they have selected 30 projects for phase 2 and the lead colleges are:
Accrington and Rossendale College
Ashton Sixth Form College
Bolton Community College
Capel Manor College
College of West Anglia
Ealing Hammersmith and West London College
Grimsby Institute of FHE
Joseph Priestley College
Leeds College of Art & Design
Reigate Sixth Form College
South Thames College
St Helens College
Stoke on Trent College
Tower Hamlets College
Wirral Metropolitan College
If you check my tag cloud on the right you will see the tag MoLeNET and you may have wondered what that was about.
Well MoLeNET (which is short for Mobile Learning NETwork) is, to quote the LSN:
A unique collaborative approach to the implementation of mobile learning via supported shared cost mobile learning projects within a wider community of practitioners and experts.
Gloucestershire College has had a MoLeNET Project, the Glossy Project which has been looking at mobile learning.
Well on the 18th September there is a MoLeNET Dissemination Conference in London (see attached PDF).
The aims of the conference are:
- To disseminate nationally the good practice, lessons learned, research and evaluation findings, tips, tools and advice arising out of the MoLeNET programme in 2007/08
- To demonstrate technologies, systems, learning materials and techniques
- To provide a platform for practitioners to share and an opportunity for networking and building of future partnerships
I do expect to be there in one form or another, so if you are coming do come and say hello.
MoLeNET Dissemination Conference (PDF)
I am attending the information day on Molenet.
The Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET) is a unique collaborative approach to encouraging, supporting, expanding and promoting mobile learning, primarily in the English Further Education sector, via supported shared cost mobile learning projects.
Collaboration at UK national level involves colleges and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) sharing the cost of projects introducing or expanding mobile learning and the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) providing a support programme.
There is some interesting ideas here, and the £6m for capital expenditure will provide a definite boost to mobile-learning in the FE sector.
Currently listening to Lilian Soon giving a very interesting and informative presentation on m-learning.