IAmLearn Newsletter

The IAmLearn Newsletter is a roundup of the latest news within the area of mobile learning. If you have something to share use our contact page to let us know!


To all of our IAMLearn members we would like wish you a happy holiday and all the best for 2018. This year has seen some major changes for the exec (including a new president!) and a fabulous conference in Larnaca, Cyprus. In this final issue for 2017, we are covering the major highlights for 2017 and looking at the new developments planned for 2018.

All the best,
The IAMLearn Team

In this Edition:

  • The New Executive
  • President’s Letter
  • Reflections from mLearn 2017
  • Call for Papers from mLearn 2017 for IJMBL
  • mLearn 2018 Announcement
  • Holiday Reading
  • New Website
  • Upcoming Events
  • Got Something to Share?


The New Executive

At the last IAMLearn AGM, hosted at the Mlearn 2017 conference. A new President, Secretary and Member at Large were voted in. In addition to these roles, there was the additional role of Communications Manager added to the team.

We also sadly had to say goodbye to two of our most valuable committee members, who have stepped down this year. We would like to thank outgoing exco member Jocelyn Wishart, who has been our IAMLearn secretary for many years and who is now retiring. We wish her well in her retirement and thank her for all the support she has given to the organisations over these years. In addition, Agnieszka Palalas, our past president, has also stepped down to focus on new adventures. However, we will not be saying goodbye to her just yet, as she is staying on exec as Past President to help streamline the handover process for our new president.

The following are our latest additions to the exec committee:

President: Rob Power
About Rob Power

Secretary: Linda Van Ryneveld

About Linda Van Ryneveld

Member-at-Large: Helga Hambrock

About Helga Hambrock

Communications Officer: Kathryn MacCullum

About Kathryn MacCullum

The complete list of IAmLearn Executive Committee members can be found at http://iamlearn.org/about-iamlearn/

President’s Letter

Dear IAmLearn members,

I am truly honored to be writing my first letter as President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. I have been happy to serve as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee since 2013, and I am humbled that you have elected me to serve as President at our AGM at mLearn 2017 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

During my time with IAmLearn, I have had the privilege of participating in a number of exciting activities, including organizing mLearn 2013, interviewing leading mobile learning researchers and practitioners for the Summer 2016 Teaching and Learning with Mobile Technologies Vodcast Series, and co-editing IAmLearn’s first open access eBook. I am extremely excited by the prospects for 2018, and the projects that my teammates on the IAmLearn Executive Committee are initiating so that we can continue to make a positive contribution for our membership in the years ahead.

Now that the holidays are upon us, and 2018 is set to begin, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for making 2017 such a huge success. I hope to see you all again in the near future – whether at one of the online events we are planning, at an upcoming event, or, hopefully, at mLearn 2018 in Chicago!

All the best,
Rob Power, EdD
President, IAmLearn

Holiday Greetings

Reflections from mLearn 2017

We have just wrapped up the latest mLearn conference held in Larnaca, Cyprus, 30 October -1 November. This picturesque location, hosted by the University of Cyprus, saw over 40 presentation, keynotes and workshops. These were well received by over 50 delegates from all over the globe.

You can access the proceeding of the conference here: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3136907

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Photos from the event are available HERE

Call for Papers from mLearn 2017 for IJMBL

Authors of papers from the 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2017) are invited to submit revised and extended versions of their papers for possible publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) to be guest edited by the conference chairs. The expected publication date of this issue will be Q4 2018. More details here can be accessed HERE.

mLearn 2018 Announcement

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As announced at the closing of mLearn 2017, our next conference will be hosted by Concordia University in Chicago. More details are to be released and will be available soon at http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/.

You can also follow @mLearnConf on Twitter for the latest updates!

Holiday Reading

Our very own open access eBook, IAmLearning: Mobilizing and Supporting Educator Practice (edited by Robert Power, Mohamed Ally, Dean Cristol, and Agnieszka Palalas)
 is now available in multiple formats at https://iamlearning.pressbooks.com/. The ebook covers a number of case studies and articles from mobile learning experts and practitioners from around the world. All chapters include a traditional text component. and digital extras to help teachers adopt and adapt mobile learning strategies for their own practice.

We are hoping to launch our second ebook next year so you will be hearing about this exciting news shortly!


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One of our past executive members Jocelyn Wishart has recently published a new book, Mobile Learning in Schools (explores the potential for using mobile devices in diverse school and college settings around the globe. It evaluates the exciting opportunities mobile initiatives bring and shares experience of where things can go wrong, in order to ensure that those embarking on new projects are fully informed. Drawing on a wide range of international perspectives, it unpicks knotty sociocultural issues, including lack of sustainability, behavioural and ethical concerns, and explores successful student learning. Her is book is available for online purchase from a number of sites, in addition to being available on Amazon.

New Website

We are in the process of redeveloping our website (http://iamlearn.org/). The old site is getting replaced with a new system which will make membership management and communication with other IAMLearn members easier. We are very excited

about this and hope to get this up and running early in the new year so watch this space! However, if you have any feedback about the site and future suggestions, please let us know!

Upcoming Events

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The 5th International Mobile Learning Festival (IMLF2018)

Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) 2018 conference

(Ubiquitous, Mobile and Cloud Learning Environments)

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue on Mobile Learning

Submitted by Dr. Helen Crompton

Dear Fellow IAmLearn Members,

I’m writing to share the good news that our proposed special issue on mobile learning is now officially accepted and will be published in Contemporary Educational Psychology. I will be co-editing with both Matt Bernacki and Jeff Greene. I’m attaching the call that we’re disseminating (and would encourage you to join in!) and am pasting the

timeline from the proposal below. It lays out when we’ll aim to get your materials and when we will expect your drafts.

It would be great for IAmLearn members to be published in this journal.

Expected Timeline

  • May 15, 2018: One-page summary of proposal due
  • June 15?: Guest Editors provide feedback to proposal submitters and invite 10-12 submissions
  • October 1?: Submissions due
  • By Nov 1 (really should be right away in Oct): Submissions sent out for review
  • Jan 2019: Reviews received
  • Feb 2019: Decisions to authors, first drafts of likely accepted papers to Discussant
  • May 2019: Revisions due, Discussant submission due
  • July 2019: Final decisions made by Guest Editors, request minor changes as needed, Discussant receives developmental reviews from Guest Editors
  • Aug 2019: Minor revisions due, Discussant revision due
  • Sept 2019: Special Issue papers submitted to CEP

Kind regards,
Dr. Crompton

CEP-SI-Mobile-Learning-Call (PDF)

Got Something to Share?

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Don’t forget we have a number of channels for our members to connect and share with others:

Lastly, if you have any event or something special to share with our membership and would like to get into our newsletter, you can get in touch with our Communications Officer, Kathryn MacCallum (kmaccallum@eit.ac.nz)