Guest Blog Post by Shelley Kinash, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Quality, Teaching, and Learning at Bond University

G’Day Eh! That’s my mash-up greeting from a dual Australian/Canadian Citizen. I am an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Quality, Teaching, and Learning at Bond University on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I have been an academic for eighteen years and did my PhD in Education Technology at University of Calgary, Canada. Bond University is very proud and honoured to have been selected to receive the 2012 Mobile Catalyst Award. Another claim to fame is that Bond University was the first Australian university to go live with Blackboard Mobile Learn. Bond is hosting the Blackboard 2012 Australasia Teaching and Learning Conference in August. I am fortunate that this will be my second Blackboard World Conference. I was at the 2011 conference in Las Vegas and this year’s is sure to be just as much fun. I love the conference for the opportunities to meet others who believe that the future is now in learning and teaching technology. I am facilitating two sessions at the conference. One is called “Talkin’ Bout My Generation” and will have you interacting and having some fun – both through the process and playing with the notion of whether digital natives are actually different. The other session is called “University Professors Going Mobile.”

Here at Bond, we did research that showed that test and assignment scores went up when students borrowed iPads loaded with Blackboard Mobile Learn and an enhanced eText. I’m going to tell you more about that research and share a professional development initiative that we call – The Mobile Creative Learning Inspiration Crew. I can’t wait to meet you at the conference.

In the meantime, if you’d like to read some of my publications on Mobile Learning and other topics, free, full-text papers are available at – http://works.bepress.com/shelley_kinash/ To register for Shelley’s session, visit the BbWorld 2012 Program

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