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Over the next few days, I will be attending the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s Cure4Kids Global Summit.  (That’s a mouthful!)  A description from the website says:

The aim of this three-day conference is to improve health and science education in classrooms and communities around the world. It will bring together leading educators, innovators, and pioneers in a multidisciplinary forum to promote improvements and innovations in health and science education. This exceptional event will connect people from diverse communities and professional backgrounds and offer unique opportunities for networking and building collaborations.

The lead organizer for the conference, Dr. Yuri Quintana, asked me a few months ago to participate in the conference.  I wasn’t really sure what I could contribute to a conference on healthcare.  However, I was informed that this conference has a focus on elearning and multimedia, as well as teacher education and community outreach.  Those things I know about.

In particular, I will be presenting on a few different topics over the course of the conference. First, I’ll be presenting on some research that I have been lucky to be part of that is being led by Dr. Jong-pil Cheon, a good friend (and former student) of mine.  I’ll be discussing two of his studies on cognitive load theory. Second, I’ll be presenting a workshop on mobile teaching and learning strategies. Lastly, Dr. Quintana asked if I would participate in a panel session on futures thinking with me focusing on mobile learning and computing.

Here’s an abstract on two of the presentations:

Interface Design and Cognitive Load: What Matters and How It’s Measured
Highly interactive and sophisticated user interfaces have become the norm on the Web. Using technologies, such as Adobe Flash, AJAX/Javascript, and promises of HTML 5, bring a level of interest and panache to e-learning content. However, the value of these technologies and the tools used to cre- ate them are suspect with little research. Cognitive load theorists consider the limitations of working memory, partitioning it into three types: intrinsic, germane, and extraneous loads. Much research in cognitive load theory has focused on reducing extraneous loads to users. In two recent studies, we considered the elements of interface design and cognitive load. One study considered types of in- terfaces while the second considered ways to measure cognitive load with e-learning. Findings from these studies will be presented with implications for interface design.

Beyond Apps: Strategies for Making Teaching and Learning Mobile
Much of the electronic press and hype dedicated to m-learning initiatives focuses on implementations with a single platform or device. However, one of the significant promises of mobile learning is the ability for teachers and students to use their own mobile computing devices. In this hands-on session, we’ll take a look at strategies for teaching and learning that are appropriate for a variety of mobile computing devices and platforms. This session is BYOM: Bring Your Own Mobile!

About Michael M Grant

Dr. Michael M. Grant is a passionate professor, researcher, and consultant. He works with faculty members, schools and universities, and districts to integrate technology meaningfully and improve teaching and learning. When 140 characters just won't work, then he blogs here at He has a beautiful wife and three equally beautiful daughters, who will change the world.

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  3. Jamie Usher on August 15, 2011 at 9:52 am said:

    I attended this workshop and it was awesome. I’d like to share it with my staff, can you please re send me the link?

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