This is the sixth in a series of seven case studies developed as part of the mobile innovation project. These cutting edge teaching approaches may not be suitable for everyone, and some proved difficult in their implementation, but the project provided the opportunity for staff to try out new ways of delivering learning.
This project explored the potential of Web 2.0 technologies in supporting students learning beyond the confines of institutional technologies. The tutor was interested in harnessing the power of mobile devices to improve communication and collaboration for peer to peer and also tutor to student learning.
He introduced selected groups of students to a communication tool for groups. Each group was set up with their own flow (or thread) on the tool, whilst the tutor had an overview which enabled him to contribute to all the groups.
Contributions to the flows provided alerts to mobile devices, and students generally felt that the immediacy of the combination of the tool and mobile devices, and the ability to share images easily, made a very positive difference in terms of receiving help from peers and tutors.
You can read more about this approach by reading the two-page case study entitled: Mobile Innovation – Supporting communication and collaboration through mobile technologies
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