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Bernie Goldie
25/06/2009

Conference examines wearable computing technologies in education

Associate Professor Tony Herrington (Education), Dr M.G. Michael (Informatics) and Dr Katina Michael (Informatics) recently presented at the inaugural AUPOV09 national conference with its focus on wearable computing or mobile e-learning technologies.

Presenters at the conference, held at the Wollongong City Beach Function Centre, discussed a range of topics which included glasses that can record a person’s POV (Point-of-View) of the world and the wearing of helmet cameras.

The event brought together delegates representative of private enterprise, community and government registered training organisations including the Australian Navy, Australian Armed Forces, UOW, UNSW, commercial publishers, educational consultants, and POV manufacturing and retail distribution.

The focus of the conference was relating the use of point-of-view technologies with that of its applied use in an educational training and assessment context. A number of speakers also referenced these technologies in the wider social, cultural and ethical paradigms.

Professor Herrington spoke on the topic of Mobile Learning at UOW with the possibility of offering subjects related to issues with emerging technologies in adult education completely using mobile devices, such as mobile smart phones.

He presented on the findings of the recent project of which he was a lead collaborator titled The New Technologies, New Pedagogies which investigated and created new teaching and learning strategies using mobile technologies. The full report can be accessed by visiting http://mlearning.uow.edu.au/

Dr M.G. Michael and Dr Katina Michael presented a plenary session on Teaching Ethics Using Wearable Computing and the Social Implications of the New ‘Veillance’. The discussion focused on how technologies such as global positioning data loggers could be used to facilitate learning in the information and communications technology curriculum on the potential ethical issues arising from emerging location based services within a social networking context.

The UOW academics then joined in a dynamic panel discussion with keynote speaker, Allison Miller who is Business Manager for the E-portfolio – Managing Learner Information Business Activity for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework; Director of HelmetCams, Mr Matt Fitzhardinge; international speaker Ms Toni Twiss; and Robyn Jay from UNSW.

The conference organiser was Mr Alexander Hayes of EDUPOV and the proceedings of the conference can be downloaded from www.aupov.com.

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