Monthly Archives: January 2015

HoloLens is Microsoft’s augmented reality headset for Windows 10

HoloLens is Microsoft’s augmented reality headset for Windows 10

Microsoft has finally dropped details on the Windows 10 release, but that’s not all it announced today. There’s a new component of the OS called Windows Holographic, which you can interact with using the Microsoft HoloLens headset. It’s a visor that covers your entire field of vision, but instead of taking over everything you see like the Oculus Rift, it overlays images on the real world — it’s less virtual reality and more augmented reality.

HoloLens is a completely standalone device with its own CPU and GPU. There’s also a special dedicated processor to handle the holographic overlay. Microsoft insists on calling this a “Holographic Processing Unit,” or HPU. The visor can overlay UI elements on the real world, or even transform your vision into a hybrid of digital and real life objects.[…]

Testing Google’s new Translate app in Times Square, ‘the tourist capital of New York’ – video

Testing Google's new Translate app in Times Square, 'the tourist capital of New York' – video

Testing Google’s new Translate app in Times Square, ‘the tourist capital of New York’ – video

The new Translate app launched this week, promising instant translation by using phones’ cameras to interpret different languages into English. According to Google, this will take us closer ‘to a world where language is no longer a barrier.’

The Translate app can decipher French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian, and with more languages apparently in the pipeline. Google said the new app should offer better conversation between languages, and is said to allow seamless chat between people. The Guardian’s Adam Gabbatt put the app’s translation skills to the test in New York City […]

Why mobile learning is key to student recruitment and engagement

Why mobile learning is key to student recruitment and engagement

Throughout the past decade, there has been a real shift from the use of desktop computers to embracing approaches such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the integration of mobile apps into learning deliverance. However, at Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference in May this year, we saw that […]

A survey in the US found that 80 per cent of its college and university respondents either used or were planning to use mobile apps for teaching. An article by Dell ‘College Campuses Catching Up with Mobile Trends’ discussed the rate at which universities have been capitalising on the mobile trend when compared to other industries. From simple apps that provide a snapshot of campus information to fuller options that include access to coursework on an enterprise platform, the ‘unplugged’ student is connecting in new ways.

Abstract Announcement for International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) 6(4)

Mobile Magic – Making Mobile Work At The Workplace

International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association and the International Association for Mobile Learning Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically ISSN: 1941-8647; EISSN: 1941-8655; Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA […]


A Mobile Learning Overview by Timeline and Mind Map

David Parsons (Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)


AnswerPro: Designing to Motivate Interaction

Balsam AlSugair (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK), Gail Hopkins (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK), Elizabeth FitzGerald (The Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK), Tim Brailsford (University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)


Global MedAid: Evolution and Initial Evaluation of an Mlearning App for International Work-Based Learners

Joanna Colley (Tribal Group, Cambridge, UK), Claire Bradley (Tribal Group, Cambridge, UK), Geoff Stead (Tribal Group, Cambridge, UK), Jessica Wakelin (Tribal Group, Cambridge, UK)


Post-Secondary Students Using the iPad to Learn English: An Impact Study

Christina Gitsaki (University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia), Matthew A. Robby (Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE)


Creating Coherent Incidental Learning Journeys on Smartphones Using Feedback and Progress Indicators: The SCAMP Framework

Ann Jones (Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK), Mark Gaved (Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK), Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (The Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK), Eileen Scanlon (The Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK), Charlie Pearson (Pearson Publishing, Cambridge, UK), Petros Lameras (Serious Games Institute, Coventry, UK), Ian Dunwell (Serious Games Institute, Coventry, UK), Jan Jones (The Open University, Buckinghamshire, UK)

For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) in your institution’s library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated “InfoSci-Journals” database:

You can obtain some of the articles at

E-learning Trends For 2015 [Infographic]

According to Alan Kay, one of the greatest pioneers in computing, “the best way to predict the future is to invent it”. And when it comes to e-learning’s future, at  TalentLMS  they try to do their own inventing as much as they can. Of course, the industry is larger […]

Mobile as a Mainstream – Towards Future Challenges in Mobile Learning

Marco Kalz, Yasemin Bayyurt, Marcus Specht (Eds.)
Mobile as Mainstream – Towards Future Challenges in Mobile Learning
13th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2014
Istanbul, Turkey, November 3-5, 2014

Table of contents (36 chapters)

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Principles Of Mobile Learning Design

Principles Of Mobile Learning Design

Technology like smart phones, tablets, Apps, and 3G/4G broadband allow anytime anywhere mobile learning and these technology are lubricating the shift to more inclusive and higher quality personalized education . But a truly immersive mobile learning experience goes beyond all the technology to the lives of each individual learner. […]

There are a unique set of challenges associated with mobile learning:[…]

Based on our intensive experience in m-learning, a set of principles have been developed to ensure successful delivery of mobile learning projects to the widest range of audience.

1. Compatibility & Accessibility

2. Flexible

3. Personalize

4. Clarity & Accuracy

5. Engagement

6. Tolerance for error & low barrier for users

7. Support & Everlasting […]

From Mobile App development company TouchApp

2014 Interagency Mobile Learning Webinar Series – YouTube

The recordings of presentations given during the inter-agency Mobile Learning Webinar Series 2014. All three days of sessions, a total of 23 videos, are in this playlist in chronological order and indexed at the end of the title. For example “…
dditional information and the schedule to the 2014 MLWS event can be found at:…When a new event is announced and information becomes available, it will be posted to:

Mobile Learning Week just got bigger

Mobile Learning Week 2015 is on!

UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education event will run from 23-27 February at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.  The theme is empowering women and girls.  The event will support discussion around four focus areas: equitable access, gender-sensitive content and pedagogy, literacy and skills development.  Mark your calendar and register now.

UNESCO will partner with UN Women to raise the visibility and impact of the event.  Last year more than 700 participants from over 60 countries attended.  Expect even better turnout, knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities this year. READ THE CONCEPT NOTE Whether you are affiliated with a government, an NGO, […]

How can I make my smartphone smarter?

Your life in your hands Presented by Prof Danielle George Engineer and lecturer In association with The Royal Institution External

Many of us own a smartphone and use it everyday for making calls and sending messages. But as the name suggests, smartphones can do much more than these simple tasks. […]