AcademiX 2011: Mobility Meets the Network in Higher Education

August 10, 2011

On April 29th, Emory joined Northeastern University, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and San Diego State University for a globally streamed webcast on how mobile devices and Apple's iOS are transforming higher education. The conference, part of Apple's AcademiX series, was hosted via videoconference between the three institutions and then streamed to the audience that existed outside the three schools.

An Emory effort almost wholly organized, driven, and supported by UTS' Shannon O'Daniel (Academic Technology Services), the Conference highlighted how mobility or social media can each individually be transformative, but that when they are paired, they become exponentially disruptive. photo collage of conference participantsHowever, if one can receive content anywhere a mobile network exists AND one can harness a network of global teachers and learners, one can find quality expertise on practically any subject.

Of the different topics the conference focused on, one was the potential of mobile gaming to transform some forms of medical education to the relevance of the iPad in teaching music theory. A consistent refrain from all the presentations is the degree to which mobility partnered with appropriate social networks can help create powerful online communities of practice. The eight minisessions that comprised the day are available at Apple's "Apple in Education" AcademiX website.

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