By Bob Harrison
Jill AttewellJill AttewellThe LSC funded mobile learning project in further education was boosted  today by the announcement that a further £1 million will be added to £2.5m investment to help colleges support their learners in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

The Learning and Skills Network announced the colleges (see below) with successful bids for MoleNET phase 3 at the Handheld Learning conference today (October 7), following previous investments of more than £10m in MoleNET phases 1 and 2 (see previous story at Futurelab Flux).

The successful colleges for the projects who will lead a consortium are:
Sheffield; Gloucestershire; Aylesbury; Reigate; Blackburn; Chesterfield; Castle College Nottingham; West Notts; Ealing, Hammersmith and West London; National Star; Moulton; Birkenhead 6th Form College; West Thames; South Staffs; Working Men’s.

They will be supported by the Learning and Skills Network to ensure that “mobile learning is embedded and sustainable”, according to Jill Attewell (above), project director for the LSN and a respected thought leader in the field of mobile learning. “We are determined to leave a lasting legacy in the use of mobile learning in further education and we will share the lessons learned across the whole sector,” she added.

Stephen Nichols, from the Learning and Skills Council, said, “The criteria and selection process for the projects has been very robust and we are delighted to give the LSN and MoleNET a vote of confidence with an extra £1m.”

More information

Handheld Learning 09
Futurelab Flux article on MoleNET
MoleNET Conference
The annual MoLeNET mobile learning conference will take place in Central London on December 1. For details of the conference and information on submitting a paper for the research strand, see the MoLeNET Mobile Learning Conference 2009 section of the website.

Bob HarrisonBob Harrison is an education consultant who works with the National College for School Leadership, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency and Toshiba UK.

You can read his blog on the Futurelab Flux website

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