The Multimedia Information & Technology Group Annual Conference for 2009 will be held at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston University on Monday 21st September. The event will investigate the current issues and developments surrounding mobile learning in the information services environment. Speakers will include Mike Sharples, Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at Nottingham University, Jon Trinder of the University of Glasgow’s Robert Clark Centre for Technological Education, John Traxler, who is Reader in Mobile Technology for e-learning and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton, and Martin Bazley Online Experience Consultant.

Mobile learning conference: 21st September, Birmingham

Mobile Learning: hot issues and developments

Lakeside Conference Centre / Aston University / Monday / 21st September /
9.30 am – 4.00 pm

The conference will discuss issues such as:

*What exactly is mobile learning?
*Who are mobile learners?
*What do they do?
*What do they need educators and librarians to do?

High level speaker line-up includes:

  • Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham. Mike is Professor of Learning Sciences and Director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham and has an international reputation for research in mobile learning and the design of learning technologies. Mike inaugurated the mLearn Conference series and is President of the International Association for Mobile Learning.
  • Jon Trinder, University of Glasgow. Jon is a part-time PhD student in the Robert Clark Centre for TechnologicalEducation at the University of Glasgow. His work has been investigating the use of mobile devices for computer-aided assessment and the analysis of device usage logs. His first involvement with education and PDAs was writing software that was used by the Cornell University Mobile Mann Library project in 2000. He has also written software for a variety of mobile devices.
  • John Traxler, University of Wolverhampton. John is Reader in Mobile Technology for e-Learning and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton and of the UK Co-Lab of the American ADL network. He has co-written a guide to mobile learning in developing countries and is co-editor of the definitive book on mobile learning: Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers, published by Routledge.
  • Martin Bazley, Online Experience Consultant. Martin has more than 10 years experience of developing, evaluating and project managing online learning resources and other digital technology and works with a range of cultural institutions and web developers. In his role as eLearning Officer for SEMLAC (South East Museum, Library and Archive Council) Martin undertook a number of projects, including the Victorian Learning Journey – an innovative project for schools, involving live ‘meet the historical character’ face-to-facesessions, videoconferencing, interactive talkboards and short video clips.
  • Melissa Highton, University of Oxford. Melissa is Head of the Learning Technologies Group in Oxford University Computing Services. She leads project teams involved in Oxford University’s podcasting and ItunesU initiatives. She co-wrote a handbook for new university teachers Designing Learning: From Module Outline To Effective Teaching, published by Routledge.
  • Andy Black, Technology Research Manager, BECTA. Andy has written extensively on the subject and role of emerging technologies and has developed a sideline demonstrating gadgets and gizmos, such as 40 gadgets in 40 minutes. His current focus is as a Technology Research Managerfor BECTA.

Organised by Cilip’s Multimedia, Information and Technology (MmIT) Group for their 2009 annual conference, to access a registration form for this event please go to the MmIT Web site.