Publication Details

This conference paper was originally published as Lefoe, G & Olney, I, New Technologies, New Pedagogies: Using Scenarios for Staff Development with Mobile Technologies, 6th International Conference on Mobile Learning: Making the connections (mLearn 2007), Melbourne, 16-19 October 2007. Original conference information available here


This paper explores the staff development process to engage academics in a Faculty of Education to explore new pedagogies required to incorporate the use of mobile learning technologies in teaching and learning activities with their students. Many staff acknowledged the benefits of active learning to meet the needs of millennial learners. This project sought to address ways to incorporate the everyday technologies these learners are using within the assessment process. The staff development process addressed the need for staff to own and use mobile technology in their professional and personal contexts in order to think differently about engaging their students in pedagogically sound ways. We explore the steps taken in this action learning process as staff members became familiar with smartphones and ipods and examine the development of the perspectives of the academics involved of the affordances these technologies could offer to improve and support student learning. The use of scenarios as part of an action learning process assisted academics to think more broadly about how the devices could support student learning.