The Miami University M-Learning Center has a mission of promoting the use of mobile technologies to support student learning. The initiative is focused on three primary goals:
1) To capture and distribute best practices that utilize mobile technologies in support of learning,
2) To provide coordination and leadership that establishes linkages between existing development expertise and educators interested in applying mobile technologies for learning, and
3) To provide faculty, staff, students and practitioners with support on the use and development of mobile applications through coordination of research and educational activities.
With initial support from AIMS, IT services, University Communications, and a FY 2011 Student Technology Fee Grant, the M-Learning Center is involved in helping shape Miamiʼs mobile strategy through development of university-wide partnerships that examine innovative uses of mobile technologies. As part of these activities, the Center has organized an ongoing faculty, staff, and student Smart Phone and M-Learning seminar bringing participants from a number of disciplines together in a weekly forum to exchange ideas. The Center is also involved in developing courses (both in a university context and a short-course format) that will work towards building a workforce that is well-versed in the creation of mobile technologies, with an emphasis on the creation of applications that support learning.
In addition to the above, the Center is engaged in developing mobile solutions for a number of customers, both internal and external to the university. This activity provides students (under the direction of faculty advisors) with experience and expertise in developing applications for a wide variety solutions including the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry platforms. Finally, the Center is working towards establishing an M-Learning presence locally, regionally, and statewide through hosting of a forum that will bring policy makers, educators, and technologists to discuss the future of education and the ways that mobile technologies can enhance learning.
For more information, contact Jerry Gannod (firstname.lastname@example.org).