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== Aim of the workshop ==
 
== Aim of the workshop ==
The potential of mobile devices for learning was highlighted as important in The Horizon Reports for 2007 and 2008 and in the 2009 report they again attract comment as ‘a family of devices characterized by unprecedented advancement…blurring the boundary between phone and computer’. (EDUCAUSE, 2009). It is clear that many higher education institutions are now developing mobile applications and experimenting with their use on courses at all levels and across disciplines - information and library services on the move being a popular example. However, despite the periodic publication of special journal issues detailing case studies and practical experiences, there is little mainstream discussion about appropriate methods for the investigation and evaluation of mobile library developments.  How suitable are research methods used presently in e-learning, or traditional learning or library contexts? Do we need to develop new tools and templates for evaluating our successes? This workshop will discuss all these issues, offer case studies of how research strategies were chosen for two recent UK Open University-based projects, and will support participants to develop and outline research plan and strategy for their own research context.
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The potential of mobile devices for learning was highlighted as important in The Horizon Reports for 2007 and 2008 and in the 2009 report they again attract comment as ''‘a family of devices characterized by unprecedented advancement…blurring the boundary between phone and computer’''. (EDUCAUSE, 2009). It is clear that many higher education institutions are now developing mobile applications and experimenting with their use on courses at all levels and across disciplines - information and library services on the move being a popular example. However, despite the periodic publication of special journal issues detailing case studies and practical experiences, there is little mainstream discussion about appropriate methods for the investigation and evaluation of mobile library developments.  How suitable are research methods used presently in e-learning, or traditional learning or library contexts? Do we need to develop new tools and templates for evaluating our successes? This workshop will discuss all these issues, offer case studies of how research strategies were chosen for two recent UK Open University-based projects, and will support participants to develop and outline research plan and strategy for their own research context.
  
 
== Objectives of the workshop ==
 
== Objectives of the workshop ==

Revision as of 15:49, 25 August 2009

Researching m-Libraries: Strategies for Investigating and Evaluating our Mobile Library Applications

Workshop delivered at the Second International M-Libraries Conference in June 2009 by Anne Hewling & Keren Mills of The Open University, UK


Aim of the workshop

The potential of mobile devices for learning was highlighted as important in The Horizon Reports for 2007 and 2008 and in the 2009 report they again attract comment as ‘a family of devices characterized by unprecedented advancement…blurring the boundary between phone and computer’. (EDUCAUSE, 2009). It is clear that many higher education institutions are now developing mobile applications and experimenting with their use on courses at all levels and across disciplines - information and library services on the move being a popular example. However, despite the periodic publication of special journal issues detailing case studies and practical experiences, there is little mainstream discussion about appropriate methods for the investigation and evaluation of mobile library developments. How suitable are research methods used presently in e-learning, or traditional learning or library contexts? Do we need to develop new tools and templates for evaluating our successes? This workshop will discuss all these issues, offer case studies of how research strategies were chosen for two recent UK Open University-based projects, and will support participants to develop and outline research plan and strategy for their own research context.

Objectives of the workshop

  • Debate research methods suitable for investigating mobile devices and applications
  • Offer two case studies of mobile research design
  • Consider how to choose appropriate methods for your own research
  • Apply methodological considerations to your own research projects and get peer feedback on appropriateness
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