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7th April 2011

School of CS & IT

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Mobile technologies: Can
they make learning a social
activity?





Mercy Maleko, RMIT University

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School of CS & IT

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Mobile technologies…



Mobile technologies
-

mostly personal and
portable technologies.


example
-

mobile/smart phones, PDAs, tabletPC
(e.g. iPad), laptops etc

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Why mobile technologies and education?

Mobile technologies and usage are
exploding…




The growing use of wireless technology and
mobile devices by students. This suggests that
education cannot ignore the use of mobile devices
in the learning process.

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Characteristics of current students
-

digital natives.


they are multitasking.


always on.

mobile.

they emphasize on doing rather than knowing.

have greater familiarity with typing rather than
handwriting.

have zero tolerance for delay.

have 24/7 mentality.

they rely more on web as a primary source of information

Google it
!”


Staying connected
” is very important.


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Mobile technologies have made students

escape
” from classrooms to engage in
other activities that might have no
relationship with their studies.

Students


become less engaged in University activities.

spend less time on campus.


have low attendance in lectures,
seminars/tutorial, laboratories and even in
mentoring sessions (if available).

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What should we do?



Need

to develop new teaching
approaches that will address the
characteristics of these students to
engage and inspire their learning.


How?

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A Humanities lecturer is reported as having said:

I found out all my students were looking at
the material in the Virtual Learning
Environment but going straight to Facebook
to use the discussion tools and discuss the
material and the lectures. I thought I might as
well join them and ask them questions in
their preferred space
”.


Should we follow them in their preferred space?

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What takes them there?




the
social interactions

environment that
Social Networking Sites provide motivates
students to interact.



social interactions and learning

do they
relate?


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School of CS & IT

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What do they say…?

“Learning is an activity rooted in social
interactions
-

stresses on
interactions for
development of cognition

-

Vygotsky’s social
development theory.


“Learning is a
social activity

-

“interactions play
a fundamental role in the learning process”
-

Laurillards Conversational Framework.

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But…

Mobile devices


are tools to expand discussions


students can
communicate beyond classrooms.



provide the potential for rich social interactions which
when used to enhance learning contribute +vely to the
quality of education.


SNS provide interactive environments that allow learners
to communicate, interact, create and share knowledge
.



SNS=Social networking sites




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School of CS & IT

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So…


We thought of coming up with a study to
investigate the use of mobile devices and social
networking sites to support learning of novice
programmers (Mobile learning).


We hope the mobile learning will
motivate

students to
engage

in learning, by encouraging
them to
interact

with themselves and with their
tutors and mentors
, hence
make learning a
more
social activity
.




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Mobile Learning
-
delivery model


Students will use their mobile devices which
have access to internet and can connect to SNS.


Learning materials will be uploaded to SNS for
students to self learn.


Discussions about the lectures notes, material
on SNS etc will be conducted through their
mobile devices via SNS.


SNS=Social networking sites


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Thank You!