This newsletter covers project events and news up to September, 2018. Read about these and future dissemination activities planned by the project team.

Project meeting: Cyprus

The project held a successful meeting in Cyprus in May, 2018. Led by project leader Professor Kevin Burden, members discussed a range of issues relating to the project’s scoping study, and made preparations for upcoming national multiplier events. A big thank-you to Eria Makridou and her colleagues from the Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET) for hosting the meeting.

Ray Kirtley, External Evaluator (Global Learning Ltd.) leads a session

The project team gathers for a group photo in Cyprus
From left to right: Matthew Kearney (UTS), Julia Lawrence (UoH), Jeroen Bottema (Hogeschool Inholland), Marjan Faber (Hogeschool Inholland), Wouter Hurstinx (Hogeschol PXL), Marie Evens (Hogeschool PXL), Eria Makridou (CARDET), Sandy Schuck (UTS), Clare McKinlay (UoH), Agathangelos Georgiou (CARDET), Ray Kirtley (Global Learning Ltd), Kevin Burden (UoH), Ton Koenraad (TELLC), Kathy Kattashis (Grammar School), Tony Hall (NUIG and Brendan McMahon (NUIG)

Scoping Study

A preliminary version of the project’s scoping report is available from the DEIMP website. This report gives the findings from the first phase of the DEIMP project, drawing on a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) and a moderated Delphi study.

The SLR explored innovative mobile digital pedagogies in school education. At the conclusion of this process there were 57 papers (see list of references) selected as being suitable for inclusion in this SLR. A set of 21 pedagogical principles (see sample principles below) emerged from further analysis of these papers. These 21 principles, or variations of these, underpin the innovative and effective activities that were discussed in the m-learning literature.

The scoping study will inform the design and development of a multi-purpose mobile app that will support educators and pre-service teachers in designing and evaluating creative and innovative learning episodes for their students.

Sample principles (5 of 21) underpinning innovative smart mobile pedagogies emerging from SLR:

  • Digital play: Activity involves explorations without an explicit curriculum goal
  • Context-awareness: Activity adapts to environmental stimuli, for example new vocabulary is determined by external items
  • Customisation: Learning pathways are adapted to individual input
  • Intergenerational learning: Learners across different generations work together e.g. capturing an oral history
  • Authentic environment: Activity occurs in situ (that is it occurs in its original or natural location)

We are currently conducting an international survey with expert teachers and an international panel of experts (Delphi panel). The previously mentioned 21 principles have been embedded into a Best-Worst Scaling (BWS) survey for participants to consider their relative importance in the design of effective mobile pedagogical activities. This BWS activity is still open to primary and secondary teachers in our associate partnership schools across the project (approximately thirty schools) and elsewhere.

We invite teachers to participate (approx. 15-20 mins.) via this survey link (closes 31st October 2018). We would very much appreciate your valuable insights.

Recent Project Events

Conference presentations

  • DEIMP project development and ambitions were presented at the TISLID 2018 conference. On behalf of DEIMP, project member Ton Koenraad (TELLConsult) presented the paperSelected models, strategies and resources developed in EU projects relevant for m-learning pedagogy development and training in Language Education’ at the TISLID18 Conference in Ghent, Belgium.

Ton Koenraad presenting at TISLID 2018 conference

  • Matthew Kearney, Sandy Schuck and Kevin Burden presented project findings at the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) conference. 17-19 May 2018 at University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.
    Kearney, M., Schuck, S., & Burden, K. (2018, May). Preparing student teachers to use emerging mobile pedagogies.
National Multiplier Events
  • Teachers met the UK team members in York on 14th September 2018. The group discussed what types of mobile technologies would be useful to colleagues in the classroom and how best the project team could develop the DEIMP app and MOOC to meet these needs. Read more about the event HERE
Future Events
  • The 5th International MiTE Conference will be hosted by The University of Technology Sydney on 18 – 19 January 2019.

    This is the first time the conference is being held in the southern hemisphere and will provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers, researchers and industry to celebrate the possibilities and explore the challenges of integrating innovative mobile technologies into learning institutions and into the broader field of education to promote best practice by educators and students.
  • Join the project team at one of the next FREE National Multiplier Events in 2018:
Galway, Ireland in September 2018
Nicosia,  Cyprus in September 2018
Sydney, Australia (25th October 2018) 
Hasselt, Belgium in September 2018
Den Haag, Netherlands (3rd October 2018)

Meet the national partners, hear about the project and view a number of case studies and resources developed by the team. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to feedback comments and suggestions on the design of future resources for use in their own classroom and training environment.
Use the email links above to find out more about each event.
Visit the project website for further information
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