When Milnerton’s Genevieve Stanton was asked to explain – to laymen – what she will talk about at the 2013 Informing Science and IT Education Conference in Portugal she said: “One must first look at the characteristics of a mobile device, as well as objectives, context and pedagogy when designing a mobile learning theory.”
That explanation was for laymen…
One shudders to think what words the 24-year-old University of Cape Town part-time Master’s student will use at the conference.
However, the specifics of her achievement for most readers aren’t as important as what it means for her.
“I’m super exited about going!” she exclaims.
“It is a great assurance that there is interest in my research.”
Stanton was blown away when she received an email notifying her that the research she had submitted in her application was intriguing.
As a result she was fast-tracked into the conference and, if all goes according to plan, she will reap the benefits of it for years to come.
The information systems student’s research on mobile learning will even be published!
Her family and colleagues (she works as a portfolio analyst for Petanque Consultancy) are obviously tremendously proud of her achievement.
She will leave for Portugal in July, stay a week at the conference and then take a week long holiday in Europe.
And now on to the nitty-gritty…
She will present her paper on “Toward a method of Mobile Learning Design”.
Stanton describes her paper as covering of a wide range of existing mobile learning theories from pedagogy (the art of teaching) to mobile learning characteristics such as personalisation. She identifies the attempts to unify them into a proposal method for Mobile Learning Design that can be generalised across mobile learning applications.
The idea of creating a single reference point for mobile learning designers is her main goal.
Staton’s focus is to move away from the design that is too focused on one aspect of mobile learning but rather bring together multiple aspects in one method that could be used to achieve a greater learning impact and better designed education.
All this is rather confusing, but in essence, her research aims to theorise studying on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets.
Perhaps there will soon be a course on understanding complicated ideas, such as this…
I will sign up for that one!