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BALTA Highlights - January-February 2007
(BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA), 2007-02)
An update/newsletter on development of the BC-Alberta Social Economy Research Alliance (BALTA).
‘My grandfather is dead’: narratives of culture and curriculum
Curriculum, the term used to denote a course of study, has been understood in recent years as a documented program developed by experts and managed by an education authority. In many cases this has resulted in a focus on ...
Where is the “m” in Skills for Life?
There are changes afoot in the world of Skills for Life. The post-Moser “golden era” in which the teaching of literacy and numeracy moved from the shadows into the spotlight may be about to shift focus. Is there still a ...
Reflections on Success: A retrospective of the mLearn conference series 2002-2005
mLearn is now in its fifth year. Although mobile learning has a much longer history, the inauguration of a conference for learning in the mobile age marked an important point in its development. This paper takes a ...
Using mobile technologies for multimedia tours in a traditional museum setting
Mobile technology was used to deliver learner-centred experiences to visitors at a geology museum without compromising the museum’s aesthetic appeal. Two Flash-based multimedia tours were developed for the Hypertag Magus ...
An Audio-Based Approach to Mobile Learning of Japanese Kanji Characters
We describe the design and implementation of an audio-based computer system for mobile, non-visual learning of the meaning and writing of "kanji" characters: the thousands of multi-stroke Chinese characters used in the ...
Is Learning Really a Phone Call Away? Knowledge Transfer in Mobile Learning
Mobile learning can positively contribute to the development of learning communities by providing communication options that span contexts and locations, are available whenever, and are used virtually everywhere (Alexander, ...
Mobile Usability in Educational Contexts: What Have We Learnt?
The majority of mobile learning activity continues to take place on devices that were not designed with educational applications in mind, and usability issues are often reported. The paper reflects on progress in approaches ...
Practitioners as Innovators: Emergent Practice in Personal Mobile Teaching, Learning, Work and Leisure
Mobile devices have become commonplace tools serving a wide array of purposes that may include teaching and learning alongside work and leisure, in both formal and informal settings. The project reported on in this paper ...
Informal Learning Evidence in Online Communities of Mobile Device Enthusiasts
This paper describes a study that investigated the informal learning practices of enthusiastic mobile device owners. Informal learning is far more widespread than is often realised. Livingston (2000) pointed out that ...