Introduction to mLearning, guide-on-the-side Inge (Ignatia) de Waard.

Hi all, my name is Inge (Ignatia) de Waard. As I took the initiative of starting the MobiMOOC, I will be your guide-on-the-side during the first week of MobiMOOC (contact information below).
I look forward to our joint dialogues, information exchanges and discussions!

Aim of the first week:

  • getting us all together (get to know each other) ... which is happening already
  • adding our primary physical location to the MobiMOOC map (feel free to add your name and some info)
  • trying out the different course options (feeling or becoming comfortable online)
  • listing challenges you are meeting, or are mostly likely to meet when planning mLearning
  • offering and jointly exchanging resources to get an overview of simple mobile learning options
  • looking at the mLearning template to start realizing your mobile learning ideas and projects.

Voluntary learning actions:

General resources to get started:

Webinars or live sessions that you can attend (all of the webinars are free, with a limit to 100 people). The seminars will be recorded and the recordings will be made available afterwards for those who could not attend the seminars live.
The powerpoints of both webinars listed below can be found here:
Presentation on starting an mLearning project:
Presentation of the introduction on durable and scalable mlearning:

Webinar on the introduction of mLearning i
The recording of this seminar can be found here
or for those on mobile devices with streaming options, here:

Webinar on how to plan a mLearning project
The recording on starting a mLearning project can be found here
YouTube recording here:
For those on mobile:

Slideshare presentation giving an overview of mobile learning options and factors, during the webinar 'introduction to mLearning' I will use parts of this presentation, with additional slides:

Choosing a mobile device (smartphone, tablet...) for your own mLearning purposes. How? Here is a blogpost to help you select a learning device, if you have additional pointers, feel free to comment on the post, or share your ideas in any way you feel comfortable.
List of most common mLearning terms .
10 minute subtitled, talking head movie giving an introduction to cellphone/smartphone mLearning and with a brief focus on mobile apps, mobile social media, qrcode's.
What is a QRcode, or if you know what it is: how can I make one? You can find a short tutorial movie (1 minute 30 sec) on how to build your own QRcode here.or look at this one page job aid right here.
10 steps to draw up your mLearning strategy are listed in this blogpost.

Gathering of simple mLearning tutorials

Content: Building a mobile course using a blog
Assessment: Building mobile quizzes using Google Drive (formerly known as google docs/spreadsheets...) and Flubaroo, a free tutorial.
Dissemination and retrieval: A more in-depth look at QRcode's, feel free to go through this QRcode short course. Or look at the one page job aid right here.
Instructional design: Link to blogpost on how to convert a DVD into mobile format
Instructional design: Link to reformatting synchronous recordings for mobile access
Authoring tools: will be covered in-depth during week 2 in the 'collaborative look at tools week.

On getting a mobile learning definition going

Defining mobile learning is a difficult task, my current favorite definition is from Helen Crompton (in press), a historical overview of mobile learning: Toward learner-centered education. In Z.L. Berge & L.Y. Muilenburg (Eds), Handbook of mobile learning (pp. 3-14). Florence, KY: Routledge. The definition: "mobile learning is learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices".
Defining learning in a context of interactions, different devices leads to certain considerations. Rebecca Hogue shared a blogpost on this matter, asking us to give feedback on the subject of mLearning definitions:

Papers, reports, books...

A great free eBook on mobile learning featuring mLearning projects edited by the wonderful Mohamed Ally from Athabasca University. Direct link to the free pdf-version here.
Link to the NMC Horizon report 2012: you must register on their site (for free) before being able to see the report. The report is of interest if you want to be informed about the latest educational trends for education and by what time they will be adopted 'for real'.
Mobile Handbook on Adult Education written for the European Lifelong Learning programme. The book has 7 training scenario's all with mobile devices.
In January 2009 Carly Shuler (a fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center) came out with a fabulous paper on the benefits of mobile learning entitled: pockets of potential - Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning.
Straight from down under, 2009: New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education from the University of Wollongong includes faculty development, specific discipline examples and design principles. This is available as a free PDF download.
New publication (2012) focusing on eBooks and eReaders for eLearning can be found here (pdf) the book is a publication from University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Contact details

e-mail: ingedewaard at
eLearning blog:
Twitter: @ignatia
Skype: Ignatia_dW