Archive for September, 2010

ALT-C 2010

Fred and I have been wondering for some time how to represent the ways in which mobiles affect the Architecture of Participation. A year ago we presented a paper at iPED2009 (Beyond a Boundary on Slideshare) which, in line with the conference theme of pedagogical boundaries, looked at organisational boundary issues from a range of perspectives, including mobile. Picking up on Mike Sharples theme that mobiles enable informal learning strategies to enter the classroom, what Thomas Cochrane calls “Bridging Learning Contexts,” we started looking at what a mobile Architecture of Participation might look like. Last week we  presented the attached poster (pdf) and supporting paper (.doc) at the ALT-C 2010 Conference in Nottingham to elaborate our developing ideas.

The poster seeks to look at the context for mobile learning and is based on our work both on policy (Policy 2.0) and with the Learner-Generated Contexts Group by exploring how issues such as trust and organisational learning need to be addressed in making the best of use of mobile technology for learning and participation in education.The poster is presented graphically as a series of flows to promote reflection and the paper is basically the same material presented as linear text.

In more practical terms a presentation by Thomas Cochrane at ALT-C, on strategies for mlearning integration, addressed a lot of the issues identified in our  mobile AoP and put them into practice on the B.Sc for Product Design at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand using the concepts of the PAH Continuum and Technology Stewardship. He gave a brilliant talk at ALT-C which can be viewed on his “mlearning Prezi”.  Thomas adds in a role for Technology Stewards, as discussed by Etienne Wenger in Digital Habitats, but his key trope is involving lecturers in designing the use of mobiles, and in scaffolding that use against clear assessment outcomes. We really value this work but our concern is perhaps more at the next, strategic, level of the system investigating how these kind of imaginative, purposeful uses of mobiles can be integrated into the strategies and policies of the University (as recommended by Gilly Salmon) and thus help lead to a more participative learning process and educational system. Thomas Cochrane and Fred Garnett have since developed this aspect in their CAL11 paper on Technology Stewards.

Mobile – Architecture of Participation-submission-x

Supporting-paper-0179 Creating the right conditions for the use of mobile technology in learning

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