Mobile Summit Reflections


It has been a busy professional development season at the college, The Academic division sent a few folks to the Mobile Summit held at Centennial College with their Partner Lambton College.

The focus of the ‘conference’ as the name ‘hints at’ is Mobile. Mobile learning, mobile technology, mobile pedagogy, virtual reality mobile, augmented reality mobile and mixed media mobile. Lots and lots of mobile.

IMG_9627internetofthingsLambton College even created a mobile conference app where we were able to socialize, get to where we needed to go, keep our schedule and win prizes.

The Summit started with a rapid fire keynote by Robbie Melton who demonstrated, truly demonstrated for us what the ‘Internet of Everything’ really was. It’s a wild wild west out there on the interwebs, literally anything goes in this new and rapidly changing frontier.

Robbie’s role is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents. In real words this means she gets to play with all of the new and shiny toys…


These are the presentation topics that were covered during the Mobile Summit
These are the presentation topics that were covered during the Mobile Summit

Fleming colleagues; Albert Mastromartino, Alana Callan, Darlene Bolahood, Amanda Rochon, and Sara Slater made up the college cohort that attended the summit.

We asked the participants to share their reflections by answering the following two questions:

  1. What was your favorite takeaway from the Summit?
  2. What is one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

Here is what some of them shared:

Amanda Rochon – Faculty, School of Law and Justice and Community Services

What was your favorite takeaway from the Summit?

Meeting so many other like-minded people who share the same struggles as I do and hearing their stories and idea. The days were long but I was always engaged in what was going on and the people hosting the conference were always pleasant and helpful and the other participants were high energy and so much fun to hang out with. And the beginning and end key note speakers were fantastic, they set an amazing tone for the entire conference and were also very inspiring. I don’t think I have enjoyed a conference this much and I have so many ideas of things I want to do and learn and incorporate!

I am also available to share/speak with anyone who is interested in learning more about what I learned at the conference.

What is the one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

I don’t even know where to begin! Nearpod, as a learning tool, was my favorite takeaway (also because I got a six-month free trial!) Although I have not personally explored nearpod as a tool to use myself, I was in fantastic presentation where they used nearpod and I got the have the consumer experience. I was definately engaged and entertained and got so many ideas of how I can use it and keep students engaged but also use it as a tool to gauge student understanding in a quicker (on-the-spot) and more anonymous way. I also got exposed to a similar tool for presentations, Microsoft Sway, however it is not part of the college software package.

Sara Slater – Faculty, School of General Arts and Sciences

What was your favorite takeaway from the Summit?

There were so many. It is so exciting to see that so many colleges are stepping up to engage students in ways that matter! I love getting to connect with others and learn from them. I think that we have a lot we can be doing here, and that the roads have already been started at the some others! I am already an Apple fan, but I learned more that the accessibility features can do for all students, not just students with special needs. Biggest takeaway would be the visual of where tech began, where it is now (even the absurd) and where we are heading! At the Tech demo, there was a virtual trades exercise where you could move and connect wires using the VR headset!

What is the one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

I was lucky enough to win a Nearpod 6 month license, although I will not start it until September, I have already begun to use it in my Spring Classes. The session I found that had the most impact on my teaching was with Farbod Karimi from Algonquin College. He provided great suggestions and steps for adding the technology in our in our classes and how to lay the groundwork from the beginning.  He said “do not confuse technology with teaching” and I think this is so important.  The tech should enhance the experience, allowing students to gain and share their knowledge.  Another session that I found helpful to share with colleagues was presented by Centennial College, Mobile Tech Techniques.  They presented and demonstrated strategies to engage all learners in the lecture.  I would not mind presenting about this at the next teaching and learning day! There were some great ideas and practical uses within lectures.  There was also some good information presented about using an iPad to grade in D2L.  It would not work on the surface that Darlene had, however.

A brief history of virtual and augmented reality in teaching

Albert Mastromartino – Faculty, School of Business

What was your favorite takeaway from the Summit?

Both of the Apple presentations I attended emphasized the timeline correlation between the birth years of our students and the introduction of various technologies into the marketplace. For example, it is very unlikely we have any froshes born before the introduction of Google; they don’t know a world without the internet. This is helping me get used to the idea that, whereas I often see the students’ use of  their smartphones and tablets as a distinctly separate part of their life and student experience, they see them as an extension of their natural selves. Although I still don’t see unrestricted technology use in the classroom as a good idea (along with helping open faculty minds to technology use, there was also abundant discussion surrounding the idea of people using technology at the right time, place, and application), I see value in speaking more with students in their “native language” for better engagement, including greater use of technology in exercises and assignments.

What is the one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

I am a fan of using video as part of my case-method approach to teaching. I like to keep discussions as “real-world” as possible. In addition to continuing to use some consumer videos from public affairs and news television programs as cases, I now plan on also using resources more in the classroom to further solidify the bridge from classroom to industry.

Alana Callan – Learning Technologist, Learning Design and Support Team

What was your favorite takeaway from the Summit?

Seeing faculty integrating technology into their session purposefully and modelling good practice. Nearpod is a favourite new tool and I witnessed how facilitators used it to keep us engaged on our devices during a session and understand how to use it to in the classroom. Folks from Lambton College have done a lot of work with their faculty since announcing they are THE Mobile College. Kudos to them and the work they have done to support faculty!!

What is the one thing you learned that you plan to use in your teaching?

New ways to facilitate and engage faculty, continuing to build my facilitator toolkit.


Combining Mathematical Thinking and Computational Thinking (Problem Solving)