Mobile Learning Network for Teacher Educators

The Constitution

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 meet these objectives the Mobile Learning Network for Teacher Educators will engage in the following activities

 

 

 

4 Anticipated Benefits and Expectations of Members

 

4.1 Benefit for members:

 

 

4.2 Benefits for institutions:

 

 

4.3 Expectations:

 

 

5. Organizational Structure

 

In the first year of operation the network will be constituted as follows:

 

 

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

 

6.3 Election of the Chair, Vice Chair, General Secretary and Treasurer

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

 

Committee Roles

 

Chair

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.

 

Vice Chair

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.

 

General Secretary

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.

 

Membership Secretary

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.

 

Treasurer

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).

 

Research Secretary

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.

 

Communications Secretary

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.

 

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.

 

MITE Representative

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

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.