Welcome to Learners and Mobile Devices!

This website is the access point for all the resources from the 'Learners and Mobile Devices' project - a two year national project funded by Ako Aotearoa in partnership with six New Zealand tertiary institutions (Auckland University of Technology, Eastern Institute of Technology, Massey University, Otago Polytechnic, The University of Auckland, and UNITEC Institute of Technology), led by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) over the period 2014-2015.

This project yielded a rich set of data in various formats. We believe that these outputs will produce tangible benefits for practitioners in the tertiary sector and abroad, in particular, the strategies for teachers and institutions for pedagogical change and transformation:

Ako Aotearoa Project Space

Scalar eBook
He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau



Ako Aotearoa Project Space

Scalar eBook

He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau

The Ako Aotearoa Project Space provides:

  • a summary of the project and its outputs
  • access to downloadable and print resources including the
    • Learners and Mobile Devices Poster
    • Executive Summary

This innovative publication enables the grouping of reflective practitioner contributions into a range of themes and collaboration across users - these features provide a less traditional format of reporting while modelling the use of mobile devices and technologies. This publication includes:

  • Practitioner reflections- Each practitioner reflected on their pedagogical transformations through m-learning. Many did this using the mobile devices as well as academic writing and reporting.
  • Survey of learners – A survey of over 350 learners from across the six institutions.
  • Key Findings and Practical Strategies

The He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau framework underpinned with concepts of ako and Kaupapa Māori values, interwoven with mobile learning theories, approaches and practices. Tangible strategies have been developed for practitioners to utilise in their pedagogical transformation. The following resources were created for this:

  • The He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau Framework itself
  • Literature report - This report provides some commentary on existing literature around Māori learners and pedagogies to help support practitioners as they develop and transform their teaching practices.
  • He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau app


The project has produced two apps, He Whare Ako and Learners and Mobile Devices. He Whare Ako presents key concepts of the framework through visuals of a wharenui. The app provides a visual journey that navigates the various parts of the wharenui along with an augmented reality experience where the user can select a section of the wharenui and learn about that section of the framework.

Learners and Mobile Devices displays the Scalar eBook of the final report in an app form, allowing for engagement with the innovative publication in a native app format, modelling the use of mobile devices and technologies.


Learners and Mobile Devices

He Whare Ako

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