Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning
Nancy Davies and myself were fortunate enough to receive a small grant from TEPL earlier in 2011 to create mobile apps from our series of educational CPD resources LITE BITEs.( http://www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/prof_dev/free.html) Thank you TEPL! We are going to create a "how to make your own short educational app" guide which will be available on the TEPL website and also host a free workshop here at the University of Leeds next year- you are all welcome to attend and further details will follow shortly!
At Leeds Institute for Medical Education we have been exploring the uses of mobile technology enhanced learning for many years now. We have seen the growth in the use of smartphones, in particular, iPhones take learning in the exciting direction of app based resources. These are nuggets of software which can enable myriad learning opportunities for both our students and our staff.
In developing our LITE BITE staff development app though we are creating something which is visible at a national and even international level. At this point it is key to develop resources which are integrated with existing University outputs, adhering to the identity and branding already in place. It has been a challenging few months!
A common experience for many is that once you approach something from an institutional level the creative process becomes a mass collaborative process, stretched across numerous ‘interested’ parties. This will be a core part of the learning we will take from this experience and share with others who wish to develop their own apps.
Ultimately though we will end up with a more robust app, with a high quality design and the benefit of being able to trade on the recognisable name of the University of Leeds. At times it has been frustrating but it will definitely be worth it in the end!
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