6 thoughts on “Tensions between personal space and social space in mobile learning – Feedback”

  1. Hi Helen,

    As you point out, m-learning need not exclusively imply a situated learning paradigm; however, using mobile technologies to situate learning is certainly one of the emerging paradigms of m-learning, and one that I and my co-author explored in a white paper of our own (“Learner-Centric Design of Digital Mobile Learning” https://olt.qut.edu.au/udf/OLT2006/gen/static/papers/Low_OLT2006_paper.pdf).

    One of the great advantages of mobile technologies is that they provide the ultimate opportunity to “immerse” a learner in a learning context, and it is from that aspect of digital mobility that situated mobile learning approaches derive their strength.

    However, as you correctly point out, situatedness is not the *only* advantage of digital mobility. Another primary strength of digital mobile devices – convenient and functional ubiquity – is also useful for other mobile learning approaches. You mention a “live” connection with an educational event in Australia, but I’m sure other educators agree that listening to an audio podcast (or lecture recording) on a bus can also support learning.

    Really, what I’m trying to say is that you’re both right. It isn’t a contradiction to say that mobile devices can be used for *both* localised/situated learning experiences, as well as non-situated (but convenient) ones. Rather, mobile devices are powerful and flexible enough to be used in a range of learning contexts, and that in itself could be a compelling reason for exploring the use of mobile technologies in education!

    For more ideas on mobile learning, check out my m-learning blog at http://mlearning.edublogs.org . 🙂

  2. Hi, We all enjoyed your input to the session and came away with buzzing heads. Some interesting comments and links above. I think there is something really personal about mobile phones which make them great for informal learning. I wonder if wearables mentioned above will really take off? Details of London Met mobile work can be found at: http://www.rlo-cetl.ac.uk/dissemination/mlearn_papers.htm

  3. Notes form ALT-C 07 symposium feedback session
    Tag: alt-20071216

    · Weather dependence
    · Glasgow Caledonian distinguish between quite area and social area
    · Dead spots and costs of networks
    · Location-based blogging surrounding citizen-oriented journalism
    · Civic commerce space, would corporates want all these ‘free’ services?
    · Different qualities of attention (multimodal)
    · Cultural shifts involved in ‘policing’ different spaces
    · What about silver surfers, contextual matters e.g. kiosks?
    · Is it possible in some city centres? Seattle and San Francisco are putting wireless into low income areas.
    · Cooperative apace: 3G, GPRS, geotagging then upload
    · What about informal infrastructure over city?
    · Why just city centres? What about the unintended consequences of all these people using mobile phones.

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