Based upon three years of mobile learning (mlearning) projects at Unitec, a major implementation project has been developed for integrating the use of mobile web 2.0 tools across a variety of departments and courses in a tertiary education environment. A participatory action research methodology guides and informs the project. The project is based upon an explicit social constuctivist pedagogy, focusing on student collaboration, and the sharing and critique of student-generated content using freely available web 2.0 services.
The integration of mobile web 2.0 into the Bachelor of Product Design and the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design) has taken a huge leap forwards this year – the first years have been given Dell Net Books, the second years Nokia 5800 Xpress Music WMD and the third years offered Nokia N95 WMD.
Each year is being given a weekly COP run by a 'technology steward' from Unitec's Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation ( Te Puna Ako)
Lecturer and student feedback from the Product Design Programmes are available on YouTube:
- Lecturer feedback: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmTI7F_2tiU
- Student feedback: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Sb-tvXrvA
Check my neighbourhood for links to student and staff blogs and visit the Design Projects Ning site to see how a social networkign site can be used to assist collaborative and cross departmental projects.