Photo Collage Apps for mLearning

One of the  ‘Try it yourself’ activities that I have participated in with the MOOC I am doing is to use a photo collage making app on a mobile device. I have not used many apps but I took up the challenge and have downloaded an app for both my phone and Ipad.

instapicframes app

I used the instapicframes free app for my Ipad

photo grid app

On my phone I used the android free app Photo Grid.

Both apps were very easy to use. What I found a bit trickier was to get the photo collage that I created onto twitter where I had to post it for ‘homework’ and to get them here on my blog.

Photo collagePhotoGrid_1366322648010I think my three pets are gorgeous. Orlando my 10 year old puppy, Beneke and Tiffany are both Birman cats, 12 and 11 years old.

Some of the ways that my MOOC mates have suggested that photo collages can be used with learners are:

  • introductory collage of photos of themselves and present the collage to the class
  • use a collage to present information gathered on a given topic of research

I would love you to add suggestions of how you would use these apps with your learners so I can increase the above list.



What is a MOOC?

I have learnt a new acronym recently – MOOC, I had to ask –  what is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a massive open online course. The following video helps.

I am now participating in a MOOC about mlearning. I  have also done a bit more research on other free online courses that are available. I have been blown away by how many free courses are available on just about every topic imaginable. We really are lucky to have access to so much learning.

Stay tuned to see what else I learn about mlearning from my MOOC. I would love you to share with me any MOOCs you have participated in.


6 principles of mobile design

The below table has been taken from an article Mobile Instructional Design Principles for Adult Learners from the University of Oregon. It is a great summation of a framework to use when designing mobile instructions.

Six Mobile Instructional Design Principles for Adult Learners
Principle #1: Develop a simple and intuitive interface design
The usability should be simple and consistent to enable learners to quickly and easily learn how to use the interface.
Principle #2: Integrate interactive multi-media
Take advantage of multi-media formats (audio and video) over text, due to the small-screen display of most mobile devices.
Principle #3: Build short, modular lessons and activities
Design small chunks for easier integration into busy schedules and to successfully compete against other distractions.
Principle #4: Design content that is engaging and entertaining
Activities designed to engage students should be applicable, entertaining, and suited to every day needs.

What is mlearning?

What is Mobile Learning (mLearning)?

  • eLearning Guild: mLearning is any activity that allows individuals to be more productive when consuming, interacting with, or creating information, mediated through a compact digital portable device that the individual carries on a regular basis, has reliable connectivity, and fits in a pocket or purse.
  • Wikipedia: M-learning is the term given to the delivery of training by means of mobile devices such as Mobile Phones, PDAs and digital audio players, as well as digital cameras and voice recorders, pen scanners etc. M-learners are seeking lessons in small, manageable formats that they can undertake when it suits them.

Check out this Infographic on ‘Mobile Learning Through The Years’.

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How do people actually use mobile devices?


If you are interested in checking out a free webinar presented on the MOOC that I am doing on Instructional Design for Mobile Learning,  from Academic Partnerships’ Faculty eCommons, hosted by Kenneth C. (Casey) Green of The Campus Computing Project, and featuring a lively conversation with Dr. David Metcalf, whose METIL lab explores leading edge innovations in learning.  Please click here.

I would love you to leave me a comment on your experiences with mlearning and let me in on any insights, tips or tricks you may have, I would be appreciative.