12 Apps of Christmas 2016

It’s that time of year again; only so many shopping days until Christmas, Mariah Carey, Shakin’ Stevens & Slade on an eternal loop and the, now annual, “12 Apps of Christmas” emails dropping into your inbox.

Micro-learning is an ever popular concept, a way to deliver small learning units and short-term activities to learners. With the learner being in control of what and when they’re learning.

What better way to celebrate the lead up to the festive season than signing up to one or two of these programs. So here’s a roundup of some of this year offerings (in no particular order):

12 Apps of Christmas | Regent’s University London | @12AoC | #RUL12AoC

The 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 will offer a completely new range of carefully selected apps, while keeping to the same simple, entertaining formula which made it so successful last year. Expect guest posts, engaging hands-on activities, and a chance to be part of a friendly, enquiring community of educators worldwide.

12 Apps of Christmas | Dublin Institute of Technology  | @12appsDIT#12appsDIT

This short free course is for anyone who is interested in mobile learning, specifically the potential mobile apps hold for learning and teaching.  Over 12 consecutive weekdays, starting Dec 1st, enjoy reading 12 short case studies written by educators from Ireland, the UK and America, and be inspired by the work that they are doing. 

This year the 12 Apps also has travelled across the Atlantic:

12 Apps of Christmas | ETUG  | #12appsBC

This fast, fun, microlearning opportunity is free, open, online and offered to you by BC post secondary educators for BC post secondary educators. Starting December 1, 2016, we will unwrap a new app and tell you where to get it, how to use it, and some ideas of how it might be used for teaching and learning.

We will continue to update this list with other ’12 apps of Christmas’ courses we find!

If you’re interested in mobile learning then why not follow along? We’re not suggesting you join in with all of them (unless you want to), but choose the one that interests you the most. Let us know which one you’re following in the comments below, and keep us posted on what you’re learning! If you spot any more ’12 apps of Christmas’ courses that we’ve not included let us know!

‘appy Christmas!


Emma Fletcher

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Emma’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus is to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. Before joining YSJ Emma was a teacher of computing at Castleford Academy. Emma is interested in mobile learning / BYOD and open education.

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