About the course

The 12 Apps of Christmas course from the Dublin Institute of Technology is a free, open, short, online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, that ran for the last two years over the twelve weekdays from December 1st to December 16th. This is the third iteration of this course.

In 2014, 700 educators worldwide followed the course and were introduced to iMindmap, Socrative, Aurasma, Explain Everything, EasyBib, Thinglink, Instapaper, Animoto, Evernote, CamScanner, Bonfyre, and Voice Recorder HD, all of which are available from both Google Play and the iTunes App store. Each app was evaluated in turn against the SAMR model of technology integration and explored in terms of its potential to enhance, modify, and redefine teaching, learning and/or assessment practices in the higher education context.  The course itself adhered to the social constructivist theory of learning, and the content presented each day was influenced heavily by the TPACK framework. The site has been left online as an open resource for all to use and is covered by the Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. It can be accessed at https://the12appsofchristmas.wordpress.com/.

In 2015, the focus shifted to student use of mobile apps to personalise their learning and almost 1967 students and educators followed the course as the functionality of OneNote, Office Lens, Trello, Pocket, If and Do, MindMeister, RefMe, StudyBlue, Cogi, Maths Apps, Flipboard, and PicCollage, was assessed against four different learning styles (VARK). Again the course adhered to the social constructivist theory of learning and again was left open as a resource and is covered by the Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. It can be accessed at  http://the12appsofchristmas.zohosites.com/.


Each year the course set out to:

  1. raise awareness amongst educators of the benefits mobile technologies and mobile apps present for learning, teaching and assessment in this connected mobile enabled world that we live in;
  2. upskill anyone interested in experiencing, exploring and learning more about integrating mobile learning technologies into their teaching, learning and assessment practices; and
  3. help connect like-minded individuals and provide them with an opportunity to expand their personal learning networks and start powerful conversations with others interested in this emerging field.

Statistics and Feedback

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Submission to iELA Awards 2015
Recording of conference presentation at the ALT Online Winter Conference 2015



On September 23rd 2015, The 12 Apps of Christmas won an International E-Learning Award (Mobile Learning Division). Details of this award can be seen here.

On October 30th, The 12 Apps of Christmas came joint 3rd at the eLearning Excellence Awards run as part of the 14th European Conference on eLearning in London.