ACU hosts online conference to further mobile education

ACU hosts online conference to further mobile education

By Sara Morris ACU Public Relations Coordinator

 

 

 

Educators from universities, colleges and primary and secondary schools around the world gathered virtually to learn more about implementing mobile learning technology in the classroom through the Exploring Mobile Learning Online conference hosted by Abilene Christian University Thursday.“At ACU, we’re privileged not only to be at an institution that’s on the cutting edge of this important field of learning, but also to be able to welcome so many great people into conversation,” said Dr. Bill Rankin, director of educational innovation at ACU. “When we get together and can share what we’re all learning and experiencing, all of us benefit, and it’s gratifying for ACU to be able to contribute to higher education in this way.” Participants in the conference were presented with reasons why mobile learning is such an important step for education, lessons from two universities that have already launched major mobile learning initiatives, perspectives on ACU’s own mobile learning initiative, examples of teaching tools and applications and a glimpse of how mobile learning could factor into kindergarten through 12th grade education. “Exploring Mobile Learning was one of the best run online conferences I’ve attended,” said Brad Ovenell-Carter, assistant head of Island Pacific School in Bowen Island, British Columbia. Interest in the conference was high, with nearly 250 people registering within five days of registration opening. Participants came from five countries, 30 states and 100 institutions, including two from Education Queensland in Australia, where the time zone difference meant that the conference took place from 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Brad Nalder of Education Queensland wrote a blog entry about the conference, saying “It’s one thing to read about and even take small steps oneself towards seeing effective teaching and connected, mobile learning come together; it’s quite another to hear directly from the actual practitioners involved in large scale rollouts.” For more information about mobile learning at ACU, visit http://www.acu.edu/connected