Establishment phase and milestone 1
The project was established on 26 February 2014 with a workshop held at AUT. The local coordinators from each partner institution were present, along with key members of the AUT project management team, and Professor Pare Keiha (PVC Learning and Teaching at AUT). Dr Peter Coolbear (Director of Ako Aotearoa) and Rhonda Thompson (Research Manager of Ako Aotearoa) were also present for an official launch of the project.
Project establishment workshop at AUT University in February 2014Front row (L-R): Pam Wyse (AUT), Adrienne Moyle (Uni. of Auckland), Kathryn MacCullum (EIT), Nell Smith (AUT), Vickel Narayan (AUT) Middle row (L-R): Rhonda Thomson (Ako Aotearoa), Thom Cochrane (AUT), David Parsons (Massey), Samuel Mann (Otago Poly) Back row (L-R): Peter Coolbear (Ako Aotearoa), Pare Keiha (AUT), Stanley Frielick (AUT), James Oldfield (UNITEC), Steve Leichtweis (Uni. of Auckland)
Local coordinators then recruited academic staff at their institutions to participate in the project. These groups were formed by April and project participants were equipped with mobile devices. This is a key aspect of the project, since research has shown that it is important to provide teachers with the same devices used by students, so that they can become familiar with the tools and affordances of mobile devices in learning. A virtual community was established for participants to share their experiences and exchange knowledge and ideas about m-learning research and is available for anyone to join at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106563316255599432891 . All posts to social networks about the project are tagged with the hashtag #NPF14LMD to enable curation and analysis of social media activity.
Dr Stanley Frielick (project contact leader) and Dr Nell Smith (project coordinator) conducted site visits to partner institutions in April/May. A project stocktake meeting with all local coordinators and the AUT project team was held in early July to map progress. Some readjustments were made to the original questions and methods in the light of the realisation that several examples of good practice in m-learning were already evident at partner institutions, and some refinements were needed in order to better capture the specifics of local practice.
Phase two of the project is now under way in semester 2 of 2014 with 37 local practitioners engaged in the initial case studies of practice that will inform the key deliverables of the project. See the latest project overview diagrams at https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/download/ng/file/group-9632/npf14lmd-overview-... and https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/download/ng/file/group-9632/npf14lmd-overview-...
Please feel welcome to follow progress on this site and by searching #NPF14LMD on Google and Twitter.