This morning I wrote to a colleague about our ongoing interest in mobile applications for HASTAC and, as the gods would have it, into my Twitter stream came the url for a free, downloadable ebookr entitled "Using mobile technologies to develop new ways of teaching and learning" by J. Herrington and others at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
Needless to say, many of our Digital Media and Learning Competition winners are using mobile devices in their teaching, especially in areas where internet access is sparse. It's an area HASTAC has long been interested in exploring and today seems a perfect day to reiterate our interest in anyone who might be thinking about ways HASTAC can come to you on your iPhone or other mobile devices. We have already been talking to some people about developing a mobile app but we also want a general call.
Any takers? Anyone interested in this project? Any ideas? An iHASTAC cell phone game? iHASTAC blogging tool? iScholars meet-up tracking tool to help with HASTAC@ meet-ups? The possibilities are endless. This amounts to an open invitation for additional ideas from anyone in the HASTAC community. The disclaimer, as before, is we can't promise we'll help make it happen . . . but we can promise to listen.
If you want to take a leadership role in this project, please respond to the comments below or write to HASTAC Project Manager Nancy Kimberly directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Oh, yes, you get the free HASTAC t-shirt if you come up with an iHASTAC mobile app!)
Here's the url for the ebook on mobile learning. You can download it here:: http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/75/
Here's the abstract:
"The chapters of this e-book comprise the pedagogical and research endeavours of a team of academics in higher education who worked with mobile learning devices over two years on a project entitled New Technologies: New Pedagogies project: Using mobile technologies to develop new ways of teaching and learning. The project endeavoured to take an innovative approach not only in the creation of new, authentic pedagogies for mobile devices but also in the action learning approach adopted for the professional development of participants. The project involved 15 people including teachers, IT and PD personnel. It was a large and ambitious project that resulted not only in a range of innovative pedagogies, but in the creation of more knowledgeable and confident users of mobile technologies among teachers and students."