EDUC1104 A World of Mobile Learning

Credit
6 points
Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content
This unit explores mobile learning around the globe, taking in issues in the developing and developed world, spanning the whole range of technology from feature phones to smart devices and wearables, and exploring educational possibilities from e-books and apps through multimedia recording and social/professional networking to QR codes and immersive augmented reality.

The unit demonstrates that new technologies function within complex cultural, social, political, economic and educational ecologies, resulting in different possibilities in diverse cultural contexts. Following an introduction to educational theory, the unit looks at how mobile learning may fit with a variety of educational approaches. Formal and informal mobile learning in the developed and developing world is compared and contrasted, with a number of case studies examined in detail, and the idea that mobile technologies can reach and connect the entire population is critiqued. Networked learning in different contexts, including the role of such learning in social and political events around the world, is also examined.

In addition, there is a close examination of students' own current or future integration of mobile tools to reach and connect with others, and to support their learning. Here, the unit focuses on tools such as feature phones, smartphones, tablets and digital media players, and approaches such as the educational use of SMS, e-books, apps, polling, multimedia recording, QR codes and augmented reality are covered. Following the current shift in Western education to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model, students are invited to use their own mobile devices to undertake unit tasks, but there is no obligation to do so, as all tasks can be completed on desktop or laptop computers, such as those available in the GSE computer laboratory and other laboratories on campus. Commonly available, free software is recommended to students.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) know and understand that new technologies function within complex cultural, social, political, economic and educational ecologies, resulting in different possibilities in diverse cultural contexts; (2) know and understand the specific affordances of mobile devices for formal, informal and networked learning in diverse cultural contexts; (3) know and understand the use of mobile devices for formal and informal learning in both the developing and developed world; (4) apply their knowledge and understanding of mobile devices to support their own learning in the current and future contexts, and critically examine this usage; (5) critically examine the use of mobile devices for formal and informal learning in both the developing and developed world; (6) critically examine the notion of mobile devices delivering digital education and information for all; and (7) create a series of recommendations on using mobile technologies to support learning, for other learners in their major study area.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) automated lecture quizzes; (2) online discussion board activities; and (3) production of an online guide to the use of mobile devices in students' major study area, including integration of feedback from learners in that area. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Mark Pegrum
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