Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0
12. Mobile Education
With mobility, learning does not have to be site or time specific. Instructors can teach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and students can learn wherever and whenever they want—at two o’clock in the afternoon or two o’clock in the morning. They just have to turn on their tablet computers, download course assignments, and learn. But what kind of learning is it? It is not conventional learning in the age of chalkboards, where students had to physically be present in the classroom and take notes with paper and pen, before the wipe of an erasure cleaned the notes away. But it is conventional learning in the age of technology.
It is accepted in higher education that e-learning systems, online platforms, and handheld devices are conduits between teacher and student and that information delivered by teachers and received by students on these systems, platforms, and devices will move fast and be available easily. It can be, because the information is electronic. It is digital. It travels around networks at impressive speeds, and it can be stored on computers for very long periods of time. It is malleable and transferable. Because of this, there is an expectation that digital content accessed on mobile devices is good for education.
One objective of educating with technology is to provide students with the tools they need to learn in a digital environment that is screen-based and interactive, as well as the...
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