Conference Tutorial

"Exploiting the WeLearn Mobile Platform to Scaffold Synchronous Collaboration"


Cathie Norris, Regents Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. USA
Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas. A Golden Apple winner in her 14 years of classroom teaching, Cathie’s research supports teachers in enacting a learn-by-doing pedagogy using mobile computing devices. Cathie has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA).

Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan. In 2002, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding University Teacher of the Year. He is currently Co-Chair and Grand Poobah of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning (SIGML).



In our hands-on tutorial, we will demonstrate how the WeLearn Mobile Platform – a free resource that supports interoperation between iOS and Android devices – can scaffold educators and students in developing and using collaborative learning skills. WeLearn is an end-to-end system, with productivity apps running natively on client devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets) and a Learning Management System on the backend that enables students to sync their artifacts to a teacher-accessible, cloud-based portal.

Attendees will gain first-hand experience with WeLearn and are welcome to use WeLearn in their classrooms.







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