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Issue 16 May 2009   Monday, May 11, 2009

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MoLeNET
by Steve Butler

The Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET) is a unique collaborative approach to encouraging, supporting, expanding and promoting mobile learning, primarily in the English Further Education sector, via supported shared cost mobile learning projects. Collaboration at national level involves colleges and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) sharing the cost of projects which introduce or expand mobile learning and the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) providing a support and evaluation programme. The MoLeNET support and evaluation programme includes technical and pedagogic advice and support, materials development, continuing professional development, mentoring, facilitation of peer-to-peer support, networking and resource sharing, research and evaluation.

MoLeNET is certainly the UK’s, and probably the world’s, largest and most diverse implementation of mobile learning.  The LSC and consortia led by Further Education colleges are investing over £12 million in MoLeNET in 2007-2009.  The 32 projects in phase one involved 136 partner organisations, around 10,000 learners and 2000 teachers.  In 2008/09 a further 30 projects have started.

As part of the LSN support programme, MoLeShare (http://www.learningtechnologies.ac.uk/moleshare/) contains a library of mobile learning resources and examples of good practice.

Also available is MoLeTech (http://molenetprojects.org.uk/moletech/), a site full of information aimed at sharing ideas and practice in mobile learning.

The most recent innovation is MoLeTV (http://www.moletv.org.uk). This new digital media site enables registered users to upload content in most of the common formats - AVI, MP4, MP3, Windows Media and Quicktime. The uploaded content will convert to Adobe Flash Video, Windows Media, MP4 and 3GP and is available as a link or embed code which can be inserted into a VLE or web page. 'Uploaders' are able to edit and delete their content at any time.

For further information see the Help, Site Notes and Site Issues areas on the MoLeTV site.

Steve Butler
sbutler@themanchestercollege.ac.uk


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