Mobile Learning Practice Group

Podcasts and summaries from the Mobile Learning Practice Group workshops.

Smartphones and Tablets - Jan 29 2018

Session Summary and Tips N Tricks

Powerpoint presentation.

Overview of why smartphones and tablets are important and the purpose of the Mobile Learning Practice Group.

Recommended tips:

1. How to take a screen grab on your device:

- iOS: – hold home and power buttons together OR hold the power switch and the volume up key.

- Android: - hold the power switch and the volume down key.

2. Testing – using inbuilt tools in Chrome or Firefox to see how content displays on different devices

3. Mobile friendly polls are available in Zoom

Note taking workflows - Feb 26 2018 - Podcast 01

PODCAST (Right click on the video file to download)


PODCAST (Right click on the video file to download)


Session Summary and Tips N Tricks

Recommended tips:

1. OneNote is a good option for note-taking, collaborating and sharing notes in formal and informal learning contexts.

2. Workflows: For note-taking, files sync well to the cloud – meaning it’s easy to begin, leave and continue work on your notes across all the devices you use.

3. OneNote on iPad and other tablets offers the best usability if a number of functions are to be used together – text, drawing, audio and/or video.

4. There is potential for creating engaging learning experiences for individuals and groups. However, significant extra effort is required for designing activities involving groups and/or involving different media formats besides text (audio, video etc).

Potential traps:

1. Depending on the learning task, a OneNote workflow could potentially be a confusing experience, especially if students or staff encounter using OneNote on both the desktop browser and app versions.

2. Requires a La Trobe/Microsoft account – could be an issue when staff/students are no longer at La Trobe and wish to keep or migrate their content.

3. Lack of consideration of the above traps in the learning design.

4. iOS - OneNote notifications are received as an email, and a OneDrive app notification.

⁃ Following (tapping) the link in the email it opens up notes in OneNote Online in the Safari browser.

⁃ Following (tapping) the link in the OneDrive notification it opens up notes in the OneNote app.

Mobile Learning Practice Group - Note taking workflows [PDF 3.86 MB]

The "Plug and Play Teacher" - March 26 2018 - Podcast 02

PODCAST (Right click on the video file to download)

Dr Tom Clark, Associate Professor First Year College Victoria University

Using the camera and working with images - April 23 2018 - Podcast 03

Tablet devices and daily learning lives: deterritorializing the learner and learning spaces - May 21 2018 - Podcast 04

Presentation by Associate Professor Matthew Riddle

Matt Riddle describes work from his doctoral project at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education on large one to one iPad deployment projects at three universities. He uses a sociomaterial approach, employing novel ethnographic techniques to capture student and staff perspectives, visiting each of the case study sites twice. Themes emerging from the analysis are discussed, expanding for example on Mulcahy’s (2015) idea of ‘policy objects’ to include devices enabling student presentations from iPads in classrooms, and using Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of ‘deterritorialization’ to explore change in the ‘learners' and ‘learning spaces’ as they are reconfigured with the presence of mobile devices.

Slide presentation (pdf)

The Dynamics of Digital Trust - June 18 - Podcast 05

Presentation by Dr Natasha Dwyer

This month’s Mobile Learning Practice Group session includes guest speaker, Dr Natasha Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Victoria University. Natasha is a user experience (UX) design researcher exploring the dynamics of digital trust, an area she worked in as Research Fellow at British Telecom.

Slide presentation (pdf)

Mobile is Changing Film and Video - July 16 - Podcast 06

This podcast, Mobile Is Changing Film And Video, highlights the impact that especially smartphones are having on film making, video consumption and some of the implications of mobile video on learning.

Presentation: Victor Renolds, Mobile Learning Designer, La Trobe University

Slide presentation (pdf)

Mobile Accessibility - August 13 - Podcast 07

Presentation by Darren Britten and Peter Hall

Mobile Accessibility - Why is it important?

This session features Darren Britten and Peter Hall from the La Trobe University Inclusive Resources Development (IRD) team. Darren and Peter take us through the principles and standards used in developing online content, that enable access for as many people as possible, and highlight recent changes to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that include new standards specifically for mobile devices.

How do Video Pedagogy and Mobile Learning Collide? - September 10 - Podcast 08

Meg Colasante & Victor Renolds
In this session, Victor Renolds interviews Meg Colasante about her research interest, Video Pedagogy. Meg reciprocates with some questions about Mobile Learning before the floor is opened for a discussion that includes a few practical tips and common traps when using video for online tertiary education.

What are good mobile learning experiences? - November 05 - Podcast 10

What Are Good Mobile Learning And Teaching Experiences?

Victor Renolds, Simon Knight, Dan Laurence, Ken Neven, Terry Young

In this session, we revisit the rise of mobile devices and their relevance to learning and teaching - the opportunities and the challenges both globally and in the University context. We discuss mobile learning and teaching problems, tips, standards, coming improvements and where to next.

(The group conversation starts around 14m 16s)

Slides available for viewing in Sway at this LINK

Best of Mobile Learning and Global EdTech Insights 2018 - Podcast 11

This final Mobile Learning Practice Group session for 2018 features:

- global insights from Holon IQ about mobile and other innovative educational technology trends in education; and

- an end of year conversation about topics, activities and ideas for the 2019 program with the aid of the Metaverse augmented reality app.

Facilitated by Victor Renolds, Mobile Learning Designer, La Trobe University

SWAY Presentation for this Session

Instant Tips for Mobile Devices


  1. Touch an object on the screen to focus on that object.
  2. Touch and drag on the screen to change aperture (how much light the camera lets in).
  3. Instead of zooming in with the camera to get a larger image, scale or crop the image when editing the photo later.

File transfers

  1. The Send Anywhere app and website can send and receive files between Apple, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux devices. Use a wi-fi connection to avoid data charges.
  2. Files can be transferred between Apple devices and computers using Airdrop.


  1. For handy note-taking between your iPhone or iPad and your computer, your iOS device can be set up to sync with your La Trobe Outlook notes. Find out how with this guide.

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