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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2008, 12:49:59 PM »

Your response fits very well with what I am trying to achieve - I would be very interested if any examples you can provide. I am especially interested in the work you have been doing looking at how to support learner mobility in spaces and between dimensions of mobility and how we as educators can design learning experiences tools and technologies to explore and embody new pedadogies.
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2008, 01:38:57 PM »

Ok...after some time considering research into mobile learning I think I may have found a suitable topic: The impact of digital mobility on conversational learning. Blurb below - all comments appreciated:

Over recent years, studies of mobile learning have apprised digital mobility and the emerging pedagogies; seeing the transition of focus from mobile technologies to the mobility of the learner. However, projects and educational practice making use of mobile and ubiquitous technologies are as diverse as the technologies themselves, each taking individual approaches, drawing on differing personal perspectives and even differing understandings of what mobile learning is. One commonality however, is the informed movement towards connecting learners and thus we can begin to draw on a theory of mobile learning as ‘the processes of coming to know through conversations across multiple contexts amongst people and personal interactive technologies’ (Sharples et al. 2007). So fundamental to effective mobile learning is the engagement in social dialogue and conversational learning. But what is the impact of digital mobility on conversational learning? This study will investigate this as a research question, drawing on existing research into conversational learning and making comparisons between the quality of dialogue given mobile and static learners.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2008, 09:57:42 AM »

Impressed with the cyclical and wide ranging discussion that starts with a ref to pedagogy and Sharples, hurtles through more practical aspects and the circle is closed by both Mikes - thanks but . . . .

I would challenge the originally proposed role of activity theory which is often used as a way of framework for describing learning with ICTs. The cognitive learning theories - Papert, Malone - of constructivism, challenge, control and curiosiity  are much more relevant to understanding the art and science of learning through mobile devices. My challenge is now to relate these to the notion of conversational learning. Which paper is (Sharples et al. 2007)?
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2008, 10:03:34 PM »

Hi Jocelyn (et al),

Ref: Sharples et al 2007 - Google turned up 130,000 hits, of which presumably 129,000+ would be irrelevant.  However there are potentially useful references in the M-Learning conference call for papers (http://www.mlearning-conf.org/cfp.asp), and a possible contact at Birmingham University, viz: Susan Bull (http://www.eee.bham.ac.uk/bull/) who may be able to give more direct clarification.  HTH
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