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What is the purpose of the m-learning Forum?

The m-learning Forum has been established to encourage new business opportunities and stimulate mobile learning products and services within the overall Learning Business. This in turn will create new opportunities for widening access to learning in order to reduce social exclusion and opportunities for the continuous up-skilling of the workforce in order to maintain competitiveness.

The Forum will create networking opportunities that would hopefully stimulate new business from creative ideas. It will also explore the issues and opportunities created for the personalisation of learning accessible through a personal handheld device.

The Forum has been established by pjb Associates because we believe that the time is right to establish a neutral forum for vendors, network operators, educationalists, trainers and learning content providers to discuss the wide variety of issues and context in which learning through mobile and wireless devices could develop.

We aim to model the Forum on well-established network organisations like the Cambridge Network and the Munich Network who emphasize the importance of physical as well as virtual human networking. They have become a “honey-pot” for bringing together people and companies with innovative ideas turning them into new businesses and acquiring venture capital.

We also want the Forum to assist in helping companies better understand the wide variety of needs of learners in order to develop the most appropriate tools to meet their needs at a cost that can enable widespread usage.

The plan is to establish a number of face-to-face networking meetings across Europe and to establish an online discussion group for sharing ideas and a web based information database of good practice.

A very successful inaugural meeting of the Forum was held September 2001 hosted in the headquarters of Pearson plc. It attracted nearly sixty participants from over forty organisations. Further events are now planned for 2002 

The focus of the Forum is:

  • To encourage new business opportunities and stimulate mobile learning products and services within the overall Learning Business.

  • To create new opportunities for widening access to learning in order to reduce social exclusion and opportunities for the continuous up-skilling of the workforce in order to maintain competitiveness.

  • To create new opportunities for widening access to learning in order to reduce social exclusion and opportunities for the continuous up-skilling of the workforce in order to maintain competitiveness.

  • To create networking opportunities that would hopefully stimulate new business from creative ideas. It will also explore the issues and opportunities created for the personalisation of learning accessible through a personal handheld device.

  • To assist in helping companies better understand the wide variety of needs of learners in order to develop the most appropriate tools to meet their needs at a cost that can enable widespread usage.

  • To establish a number of face-to-face networking meetings across and to establish an online discussion group for sharing ideas and a web based information database of good practice.

Planned Events

During 2002 and beyond the m-learning Forum under the umbrella of pjb Associates is working closely with other organisations to organise events that will help to disseminate the knowledge, know how, experiences gained and examples of good practice. Examples for 2002 of confirmed and planned activities include:

“IEEE International Workshop on Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education” (WMTE 2002) Teleborg Campus, Vxj University, Sweden 29-30 August 2002 contact pjb@pjb.co.uk for further details.

“Mobile Learning and Interactive TV” 2nd Annual event 14-15 October, London UK

Further details will appear initially at: - http://www.pjb.co.uk/m-learning.htm or you can contact Peter Bates & Zoe Ashton via email zoe@pjb.co.uk or Tel +44 1353 667973

Membership Fees & Benefits

Membership Fees and Benefits

In order to cover the cost of administration of the Forum we have decided the following membership fees for the first year. Membership can be for individuals, organisations or a unit or a department within an organisation. 

You will be able to pay in Euro, Pounds Stirling or US Dollars with the exchange rate based on the Euro. VAT will be charged.

Full Annual m-learning Forum Membership

475 Euro + VAT at 17.5%

Full Annual m-learning Forum Membership (Non-profit making organisation)

290 Euro+ VAT at 17.5%

Once we have set-up online registration and payment by credit/debit card we will charge another 20 Euro if you require an invoice to be sent to you.

Membership will be for one contact address with one main contact person.

Membership will last for one year till the end of the Month in which you join.

Benefits: -

1.  Regular email newsletter 

2.  Regular Newsclips Service - pulling together from other sources - news items that are directly relevant or could be of relevance to m-learning.  

3.  The opportunity to take part in the m-learning Forum Knowledge Market and elevator pitches at m-learning Forum events. 

4.  Discounts to conferences and workshops organised by the m-learning Forum.

5.  Discounts on other workshops and conferences especially arranged by the m-learning Forum Members. 

Access to a basic Advice and Support Service offered by the Secretariat. 

  

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                Last updated 30 April 2004