Emerging Technologies and
Technology Enhanced Learning Adviser
ESCalate Academic Consultant
Looking at developments associated with
handheld computing devices.. mobile
Moving away from Institutionally
devices and looking at what’s in (probably)
every student’s pocket
Developments in mobile learning (‘m
have continued apace
programme has made
progress in exploiting ubiquitous handheld
technologies, together with wireless and mobile
phone networks to ‘facilitate, support, enhance
and extend the reach of teaching and learning’.
The programme involves approximately 20,000
learners and 115 staff in 115 FE colleges and 29
HE / HE in FE has yet to capitalise on
these developments but there are valuable
lessons being learned that can readily
inform teaching, learning and technology
enhanced learning strategies being
developed and implemented by HEIs
Benefits associated with m
Encourage and support learning at any
time of day / location
Facilitates personalised learning
‘TEL’ without location
Promotes collaborative learning
gathering / work
Extending HE opportunity in the
A ‘Case Study’ building on ESCalate
funded work carried out 2005
Somerset College (Taunton) providing HE
(Foundation Degree) programmes in the
Involved the employer
University (Plymouth) and local
HE in FE institution (Somerset College)
Research and Development Unit
‘No strings attached: Wireless Technology in Teaching and Learning’
Leon Glass Chris Kelly Steve Rose
This Project aimed to..
Trial and evaluate the use of mobile computing
and communications devices as a means of
supporting learners on a new workplace
Foundation Degree programme.
Develop a ‘template’ for learning materials and
teaching/learning strategies using these particular
learning technologies which will be used on the
new Foundation Degree and be extendable to other
The Foundation Degree in
Transport Planning and
has been developed in association
with Somerset County Council.
80% of the programme will be delivered in the
Extended Learning Environment
variety of mobile learning (
promotes and supports a collaborative approach to
teaching and learning on the programme
A more recent revolution!
New and emerging mobile technologies
are set to create a whole new generation
of tools to enhance the learner experience.
Mobile phones are evolving into a ’ remote
control for your life’ (Steve Jobs). Phones
are used less and less for ‘talking’ but for
accessing and interacting with an always
on virtual world of texts, emails, ‘tweets’
and even the retail environment
New generation phones ‘know where
they are’ and provide real
information and interaction with the
Over the coming months you will see more and more 2
appearing on products prompting you to scan with your mobile phone.
Companies will be using them to advertise other products in their range of food or
drink, give access to promotional offers, and a whole range of other things.
You will see them appearing in newspapers, on billboards, posters, even
television shopping channels.
Interest is growing fast in this market and forward thinking companies are getting
in early ready for this technology to be well publicised and take off across the
Western world (it has been in use in Japan now for some years).
Project at Bath Spa
‘A useful way of thinking of QR
codes is that they link the physical
world (the poster, print out, room, or
physical object) to the electronic
(web resource, text information) or
facilitating communication (SMS
message, phone call). This adds
value through improving the
potential of making
access to information more efficient
Augmented Reality overlays data on real
time images of the world e.g. through a
web cam or mobile phone. Sometimes
called a ‘mash up’.
The technology can also translate simple
symbols into complex multimedia content
via a webcam or mobile phone camera.
How it works..
‘recognised’ by a
webcam or mobile
phone camera and
replayed as an
Let’s see if it works here!...
Benefits to Teaching and Learning?
Useful technology for Informal Learning
‘Beyond the Podcast’
based access to data
without a computer (PC)
AR and Extending the Learning
The University of Exeter is currently
bidding for funding to investigate the
possibility of using AR and mobile devices
to interpret and interact with the rich
biodiversity of its main campus
campus as a ‘living laboratory’.
It is proposed to use data collected by
students on Bioscience degrees to create
an overlay of information which can be
accessed by mobile devices.
Translate data e.g. species diversity,
population dynamics into
graphical/visual/aural information at
specific locations on campus
simplest a ‘nature walk’ or at a more
sophisticated level a means of anchoring
data to actual locations for fieldwork
More use made of sophisticated user
Greater interaction with the real world
through accessing informational data
Enhanced informal learning opportunities