Workshop Proposal

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Title: Multimodal Composing on Mobile Devices

Proposal

Since 2005, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s Horizon Report has projected some form of mobile technology as being “on the horizon” for teaching and learning in higher education. In March 2012, Smith’s Pew Internet and American Life study announced the tipping point of more smartphone than regular cell phone users; 46% of Americans owned smartphones with 41% owning other phones. Knowing that many incoming FYC students are carrying powerful computers in their pockets, instructors want to learn how to harness mobile devices to benefit both teaching (instructor focus) or learning (student focus).

This 3.5 hour workshop focuses on exploring ways to move mobile devices from being content delivery (only teaching)  to content production devices (composing and learning). This event will provide participants with a variety of activities for exploring different applications, on different mobile devices. Specifically, participants will be given demo mobile multimodal assignments that will have them using their mobile devices to record raw digital materials (text, sound, images & video), compose, and then publish remixed multimedia compositions.

After participating in this event participants will be able to:

  • experiment with different mobile devices and applications to explore types of multimedia compositions;
  • brainstorm ideas about incorporating mobile devices into class assignments;
  • discuss ways to address issues of technological access and support; and
  • discuss assignment design and assessment.

A variety of information and interactive methods will be used:

  • Subscribing to and using various web and mobile applications.
  • Working through activities to explore different activities to capture and compose with mobile devices.
  • Discussing access, assessment, privacy, and copyright issues and possible solutions.

Agenda

Pre-Conference: Ask conference organizers to give us a list of workshop participants with their contact information. Email pre-registered participants with reminders to bring their various mobile devices. Also provide a list of various applications for participants to consider downloading to their mobile devices and accounts they might set up.

0-10 minutes: Introduction to the workshop that provides statistics about mobile ownership and usage, theories about how/why mobile devices engage with teaching and learning, as well as demos a few mobile multimodal compositions. Introduce website that includes all of the resources and materials introduced, covered, or even references during the workshop.

11-30 minutes: Both facilitators and workshop participants introducing themselves as well as quickly listing what mobile devices they brought and goals and concerns related to the workshop topic.

31-45: Explain the activity based cycles of the workshop. Help participants download applications, set-up accounts, and prepare for activities.

46-80 minutes: Participants select one of three mobile multimodal composition activity stations to work through. Participants will complete the activity and prepare a quick report out about their experiences.

  • Image Capture & Editing activity:
    • iOS device
    • Android and/or Windows device
  • Mobile Blogging

81-95 minutes: Each group quickly reports out on their experiences with the activities.

96-120 minutes: Participants select one of three mobile multimodal composition activity stations to work through. Participants will complete the activity and prepare a quick report out about their experiences.

  • Audio Capture & Editing activity:
    • iOS device
    • Android and/or Windows device
  • Real World Research

121-135 minutes: Each group quickly reports out on their experiences with the activities.

136-160 minutes: Participants select one of three mobile multimodal composition activity stations to work through. Participants will complete the activity and prepare a quick report out about their experiences.

  • Video Capture & Editing activity:
    • iOS device
    • Android and/or Windows device
  • Augmented Reality

161-175 minutes: Each group quickly reports out on their experiences with the activities.

176-180 minutes: Explain concluding discussion groups and have people move to appropriate tables.

181-190 minutes: Participants select one table topic and discuss for 10 minutes.

191-200 minutes: Participants select one table topic and discuss for 10 minutes.

Table Topics:

  • Student Access to Mobile Multimodal Composing Devices & Applications
  • Supporting Student Mobile Multimodal Composition Processes
  • Assessing Student Mobile Multimodal Compositions
  • Legal Concerns with Student Mobile Multimodal Composition Assignments

201-210 minutes: Final Q&A, Workshop Assessment, Reminder about Workshop Website with Resources & Materials, Etc.

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