Pre-Conference Workshops

The pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, 11 May 2011. Two workshop streams will be running concurrently.

The full conference program is available in a portable document file (PDF 2.2 MB) format.

9.00 - 12.00

W1a: TASK-TECHNOLOGY FIT Plaza Rooms 4 and 5
Facilitator: Marisa Parker
Consideration of material/s most suited to mobile devices and integrating mobile into existing applications. This workshop would be of interest to those responsible for developing or selecting software or services for mobile devices. Some technical experience/interest is advised.

Session to include a review of work being done in Mobile Learning and information access from around Australasia and internationally. It will examine development on the iPhone and iPad platforms and look at the impact the iPad has already had on the publishing industry (ePub) and libraries. Demonstrations of solutions in these areas will be supported by an overview of research in the area.
Both researchers and I.T. professionals are telling us that students are bringing their mobile devices to campus. Indeed 2009 research from Curtin University of Technology shows that 75% of mobile phones owned by their students (99% own mobiles) are web enabled. Are libraries able to offer the information in the way students require it?

Apple Higher Education staff will walk attendees through tasks such as ePub access, navigating resources such as iTunes U, and creating content. 

W2a: USE CASES AND DEMONSTRATIONS Plaza Room 3
Facilitator: Sue Craig
An opportunity for institutions to share experiences including infrastructure opportunities and challenges. This workshop would be of interest to those wishing to pick up tips from others experienced in mobile delivery.
USQ librarians will be discussing ‘Integrating mobile into existing applications’ and ‘Exposing VueFind’s mobile side’.

John Clayton is a New Zealand e-learning educator with extensive knowledge of deploying, using and evaluating e-learning technologies. He is currently the manager of the Emerging Technologies Centre. John was an active member of the New Zealand Ministry of Education e-Learning Reference Group. ''Learning Management Systems and Mobile Delivery: Seeking Simple Solutions" 

Steve Leichtweis, IT Manager for the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, which is one of the larger Faculty of Studies at the University with approximately 4000 students and 400 staff – 'Making your traditional University website mobile-ready'.
Lunch: 12.00 - 13.00
13.00 - 16.00

W1b: CREATIVITY: DEVELOPING MOBILE LEARNING CONTENT Plaza Rooms 4 and 5
Facilitator: Sandra Jeffries
Consideration of library applications and interactive multimedia including the development of a Library App/plug ‘n play. This workshop would be of interest to those developing or considering developing various types of content for mobile devices. Some technical experience/interest is advised.

Session to include: 
Carmen Kazakoff-Lane is an Associate Librarian at Brandon University in Canada. Her interests in open content, Web 2.0 technologies, instructional videos, and finding smarter says of working, led her to co-found, then coordinate, the ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project. ''Designing Screencasts for Handheld Devices'' Libraries are increasingly using multimedia tutorials to instruct library users. The technology used to create these tutorials is known as Screencasting Software – which captures any and all activity on a computer screen, as well as allowing for the introduction of audio, text, images, movies, and interactivity. One initiative (the ANimated Tutorial Sharing Project - or ANTS) enables libraries to collaboratively develop large volumes of useful screencasts that benefit online and mobile learners.

Kathy Lynch is an Associate Professor in ICT Research and Development at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Queensland). She has been involved in designing, developing, implementing, evaluating and researching the delivery of content on mobile devices for many years. Her area of expertise covers both the technical and pedagogical aspects of content delivery. ''The devil's advocate - But what about..............'' This session will raise, discuss and address many of the issues, concerns and challenges that need to be considered when developing content for mobile delivery. Workshop Presentation (PDF 48.8 KB)

W2b: WORKING TOWARDS BEST PRACTICE – EDUCATIONAL MOBILITY Plaza Room 3 Sponsored by ExLibris
Facilitator: Sarah-Jane Saravani
Consideration of the challenges (i.e. recognising and addressing them) in regards to ‘mobile’ learning. This workshop would be of interest to those responsible for establishing the staffing and policy platform for mobile delivery. It is intended to create an audience-generated 10 Top Tips for Education Mobility from this session that participants can then apply to their own organisations.

Panel includes:
Sarah-Jane Saravani, is involved in the ensuring the creation and delivery of information resources to mobile devices supports the learning environment at the vocational education provider, Waikato Institute of Technology. She is currently Learning Hub Manager, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), New Zealand. “Standards informing mobile delivery”Workshop Presentation (PDF 65.1 KB) 

Dr John Clayton is a New Zealand e-learning educator with extensive knowledge of deploying, using and evaluating e-learning technologies. He is currently the manager of the Emerging Technologies Centre. Dr Clayton was an active member of the New Zealand Ministry of Education e-Learning Reference Group. “eMaturity Model Self-assessment framework” .

Francis Kneebone is the Senior Program Manager (Learning Technologies) in the Product Innovation team at the Queensland VET Development Centre. He works with the Toolbox Champion service for The Australian Flexible Learning Framework, providing training and support for the use of online learning objects in VET. He is an experienced RTO manager and e-learning consultant and is passionate about the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. “Cloud computing and mobile devices”.

Sylvie Saab is the National Copyright Officer of the National Copyright Unit (NCU), a specialist copyright group set up by the Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) based in Sydney. The NCU provides specialist copyright advice to Australian States and Territories on copyright issues affecting the School and TAFE sector, negotiates national statutory and voluntary copyright licences for Australian Schools and TAFE institutes and liaises with other education sectors, industry bodies and the Australian government on national copyright policy issues. The NCU also manages the Smartcopying website, a practical resource on copyright for Australian educators. “Copyright in the Digital World”Workshop Presentation (PDF 175.KB)


Welcome Reception for the m-libraries conference to be held on Wednesday, 11 May at 17.30pm in the beautiful Plaza (Art) Gallery Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attendees at the conference or workshops are ALL welcome and this is included in registration rates. The reception will include an original cultural welcome.