Mobile Learning Network for Teacher Educators
1 Introduction and background
The International Mobile Learning Network for Teacher Educators is a legacy from the Mobilising and Transforming Teacher Educators’ Pedagogies project (MTTEP). MTTEP was a European wide initiative, funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership initiative from 2014-2017. Its primary purpose was to establish a sustainable international mobile learning network for teacher educators, to support them in their use and adoption of mobile technologies to leverage pedagogical transformation in their institutions. This is part of an EU strategic priority to modernize teaching and learning in Higher Education, thereby improving the overall quality of teaching and learning in schools and colleges. The network was first presented at the final Learning, Teaching and Training Event (LTTE) organized by the MTTEP project in June 2017 (19-23rd), held at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. The network will be officially launched at the MITE conference in Galway, Ireland from 19-20th January, 2018, where the election of the first committee officers for the network will also be decided upon.
2 Aims of the Network
The primary aim of the network is to support teacher educators and institutions responsible for the initial or continuing development of teachers in their use and adoption of mobile technologies as pedagogical tools for effective teaching and learning.
3 Objectives of the Network
- To be recognized as the premier network for individuals and institutions seeking to improve their understanding and practical abilities to use mobile technologies in teacher education
- To promoting and develop a network of best practice in the use of mobile technologies in teacher education
- To be a center of excellence for partnership, collaboration and networking in mobile learning in teacher education
- To develop an internationally recognised evidence base of case studies to demonstrate the impact of mobile technologies in teacher education
- To influence and facilitate contacts with decision and policy makers and other relevant stakeholders across membership countries
To meet these objectives the Mobile Learning Network for Teacher Educators will engage in the following activities
- provide strategic advice and guidance for decision-makers about the institutional adoption and development of mobile technologies in teaching and learning
- provide a virtual forum and repository for the ongoing exchange, development and dissemination of good practice in the use of mobile technologies in teacher education (e.g. video scenarios and case studies)
- maintain a database of apps recommended by teacher educators based on specific pedagogical affordances
- apply for funding and grants with members and their institutions to develop new projects or extend the work undertaken by existing projects (e.g. the MTTEP project)
- develop a proactive network and database of teacher educators undertaking evaluation and research in the use of mobile technologies
- undertake professional development events for members including, an annual newsletter and access to the Mobile Learning Toolkit with the addition of further video case studies of good practice
- organize an annual conference and AGM to coincide with the annual Mobile Technology in Teacher Education conference (MITE)
- collate and archive a database of publications and reports related to the use of mobile technologies in teacher education
- provide opportunities to provide guidance and advice to other stakeholders interested in the use of mobile technologies in education (e.g. app designers, publishers)
4 Anticipated Benefits and Expectations of Members
4.1 Benefit for members:
- Access to resources and advice from the network for personal professional development
- Receive an annual newsletter
- Enhanced ability to bid for research and development grants as part of an international consortium
- Partner identification and support for grant applications/funding
- Opportunities to share and work with other global institutions of teacher education
- Access to members only sections of the Mobile Learning Toolkit
4.2 Benefits for institutions:
- Access to resources and advice from the network for institutional professional development
- Opportunities to influence policy-makers/decision-makers and contribute to consultations/briefing documents
- Guidelines and strategic advice for the implementation and adoption of mobile learning across an institution
- Continued professional development opportunities through seminars run every two months some of which are delivered from international experts outside of the network
- Opportunities to compare institutional strategies/approaches and work with like minded partners
- Opportunities to share and work with other global institutions of teacher education
- Access to members only sections of the Mobile Learning Toolkit
- Opportunity to host meetings and conferences
- Institutions/members will contribute further case studies and exemplars to the mobile learning framework on a regular basis
- Attendance at the AGM / annual conference
- Members offer to support the seminar programme through presentation and attendance
- There is a named contact from each organisation that seeks to promote the network through their own networks, locally, nationally and internationally
- Partners share calls for collaboration (e.g. on research projects)
- There is an expectation of good intent and trust amongst members
5. Organizational Structure
In the first year of operation the network will be constituted as follows:
- It is a membership organisation,
- Membership is open to individuals or institutions
- The network is run by an elected committee of between 7 - 10 people, elected at the Annual General Meeting
- To be quorate the committee will require 5 members
- Committee members come from the membership of the network. The Committee will consist of 9 key positions: Chair, Vice Chair, General Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Research Secretary, Communications Secretary, Professional Development Secretary, MITE Representative
- Positions come up for re-election every 3 years except for the first year of the Network, see Rules for Elections
6. Rules for Elections
6.1 Initial Election for Year 1
The committee positions are for one year in the first instance and all roles (except for that of Chair) will be up for re-election at the second AGM in January 2019. In the first year of the Network as there are no members, self-nomination is asked for. In the case of more than one person self-nominating for a position on the committee, a vote will take place.
6.2 Election of ordinary committee members from Year 2 onwards
- The General Secretary will run the election of committee members.
- If the General Secretary is also a candidate, the chair or their nominated deputy will take charge of the election.
- The elections will take place at the AGM each year.
- Candidates for election must be a member of the Network.
- Candidates must be nominated by not less than two members of the Network and nominations should be given to the General Secretary of the Network not less than 1 week before the election.
- All candidates will provide an election address not exceeding 100 words. These should be sent to the General Secretary of the Network not less than 1 week before the election. Election addresses will be used if more than one person is nominated per position.
- Election addresses will be made available electronically to members 1 week before the election.
- In the event of there being more candidates than vacancies, voting will take place anonymously online over 1 week, prior to AGM.
- Network members, will have one vote for each vacancy.
- The Chair, Vice Chair and General Secretary will be responsible for checking the results of the election.
- In the event that the Chair, Vice Chair or General Secretary are being nominated for election, results checking will be delegated to another committee member.
- The election will take place at a date agreed in advance by Committee members, normally in the week prior to the AGM with the results being announced by the General Secretary at the AGM and made public on the website thereafter.
6.3 Election of the Chair, Vice Chair, General Secretary and Treasurer
- The election will take place at a date agreed in advance by Committee members, normally in the week prior to the AGM with the results being announced by the Membership Secretary at the AGM and made public on the website thereafter.
- Candidates must be an elected member of the Committee.
- Candidates for election should be nominated by not less than two members of the Committee and nominations should be sent to the secretary of the Network at least 21 days before the election.
- All candidates will be allowed to provide Committee members with an election address not exceeding 100 words. These should be sent to the Membership Secretary to arrive at least 10 days before the election date. For Chair and Vice-Chair this election address must demonstrate evidence of the candidate’s ability to represent the Network at an international level.
- In the advent of there being more than one candidate, the Membership Secretary will circulate candidates’ statements and voting papers to all current voting members of the Committee.
- Voting will take place anonymously online over 1 week
- The Membership Secretary, Communications Secretary and Research Secretary will be responsible for checking all voting papers and announcing the results of the election.
- In the event that the Membership Secretary, Communications Secretary and Research Secretary are being nominated for election, results checking will be delegated to another committee member by the outgoing Chair.
- An outgoing Chair will automatically be offered an honorary place on the committee for up to three years after their completed term of office.
7 Roles and Responsibilities
Roles and Responsibilities within the Network Committee
The aim of the Committee to work collegiately, supporting each other to meet the aims of the Network. Indeed the strength of the committee is its collegiality and democratic approach to decisions. All roles are voluntary, but do allow the named person to have their Network title (e.g. Chair, Vice Chair) on their CV. It is essential that those volunteering for these roles are able, willing and have the capacity to undertake these responsibilities.
These positions are for one year in the first instance and all roles (except for that of Chair) will be up for re-election at the second AGM in January 2019
The role of the Chair is to proactively lead the Network at local, national and international level. The chair carries this out by setting the strategic direction of the Network in conjunction with the committee members; chairing committee meetings; overseeing the work of the Committee; leading responsive discourse regarding national and international consultations.
The role of the Vice Chair is to support the Chair in their work, where necessary deputising for Chair as appropriate. Additionally, the deputy supports the annual conference run in conjunction with MITE.
The role of the General Secretary is to ensure the smooth running of the committee. This is achieved by arranging committee meetings; booking rooms or setting up online meetings as required; requesting, compiling and circulating Committee papers, taking minutes at Committee meetings; organizing the AGM in a similar fashion to committee meetings; ensuring constitution compliance.
The role of the Membership Secretary is to ensure both a positive experience for our members and sustain membership numbers for the Network to remain viable. To fulfil this role the Membership Secretary administers the membership renewal process; proactively promotes membership through the creation and renewal of an effective membership strategy, developed in conjunction with the committee; liaises with the treasurer and communications secretary regarding fee payment and login to website; be the first port of call for membership queries, responding in a timely fashion.
The role of the treasurer is to oversee all financial matters regarding the Network. This includes, setting up and maintaining structures which manage the Network’s finances; ensuring financial compliance with external agencies as necessary; organising an audit for presentation at the AGM; liaising with the membership secretary and communications secretary regarding registration renewals and logins to website; other day to day duties as required (e.g. reimbursing expenses and paying bills).
The role of the Research Secretary is to promote and seek out opportunities for research and scholarship relevant to the Network and its membership. To fulfil this role the Research Secretary will connect to various research lists to seek out and alert the membership to possible joint funding opportunities; lead or co-ordinate on Network bids liaising with external organisations as necessary; promote and encourage joint publications; ensure ethical compliance; liaise with members regarding special editions in journals.
The role of the Communications Secretary is to ensure the Network works effectively as a community of practice. This will be achieved through the development and continual refinement of an effective communications strategy. Although the Communications Secretary will lead this activity, it will be done with support of the other committee members. They will liaise closely with the Publicity Secretary.
The role of the Publicity Secretary is to promote the work of the Network to internal and external audiences. This is achieved by collating, editing and publishing the newsletter, managing the content of the website, promoting activity on our twitter account and managing our YouTube Channel. They will liaise closely with the Communications Secretary.
Professional Development Secretary
The role of the Professional Development Secretary will be to develop and continually refine a professional development offering for the Network Members. This might include planning, creating and releasing a monthly CPD offering; tweeting useful links, interviewing members about their latest work relevant to the membership.
This is annual invitational role. This role is only open to the MITE and requires a MITE nomination to be emailed to the Membership Secretary on annual basis. The aim of the role is to act as a bridge between the Network and MITE regarding mutual interests and conference planning.
8 Honorary Memberships
Procedure for awarding honorary membership
- Members may nominate any person for honorary membership who, in their opinion, has made a significant and sustained contribution to the Network.
- Nominations, supported by a statement not exceeding 500 words, should be sent to the secretary to arrive no later than 31st December.
- The Committee will consider all nominations at the Committee meeting preceding the AGM and will propose who is to be awarded honorary membership.
- The honorary membership proposals will be put to members for ratification at the AGM.
- Normally, no more than two honorary memberships will be awarded in any one year.
- Honorary memberships are offered for life, unless terminated by the honorary member or, in the event of unacceptable behaviour that compromises the reputation of the Network.
- Normally, unless for good reason, an outgoing chair would be given honorary membership for life
9 Regular Network Events
Annual Conference: The Conference will be run in conjunction with MITE. The Network will nominate the Vice Chair to liaise with the MITE conference team coordinator. A member of the MITE committee will also sit on the Network Committee.