The new issue of eLearning Papers on Mobile Learning has just been published. I am very glad that our paper on designing mobile learning in international and interdisciplinary students groups has been included in this special edition, which focuses on:
(…) on mobile technology applications and their potential to enhance learning within the broad-spectrum of education and training. The articles clearly demonstrate that mobile learning is moving beyond its early infancy. This latest expansion is accelerated by the increasing penetration of smart phones and the ecosystems that they have enabled. In this environment, the student population has become more diffuse, but also more connected.
Our paper reports on an international collaboration in which students from different universities designed and developed mobile learning applications, working together in interdisciplinary teams using social and mobile media. We describe the concept, process and outcomes of this collaboration including the challenges of designing and developing mobile learning applications in virtual teams. Here is the reference and the link:
Buchem, Ilona; Reinhardt, Wolfgang; van Treeck, Timo; Leiba, Moshe; Perl, Alexander (2012). Designing and Developing Mobile Learning Applications in International Student Teams. eLearning Papers, Mobile Learning, December 2012. Link to PDF.
It would be great to find out if there has been a similar project somewhere and what experiences have been made. I think one of the biggest challenges we have had was the coordination of teams and misunderstandings in communication as students never met face-to-face. Have you faced similar challenges? How did you approach them?