Redefining the Learning Space

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Redefining the Learning Space

  1. 1. Redefining the Learning Space: Mobile and Distance Learning for New Generation Students New Generation Learning Spaces - March 20 Professor Mike Keppell Executive Director Australian Digital Futures Institute 1Wednesday, 20 March 13 1
  2. 2. Overview ‣ New generation students ‣ Changing the space in which we learn ‣ Learning space literacies ‣ Redefining the learning space 2Wednesday, 20 March 13 2
  3. 3. New Generation Students 3Wednesday, 20 March 13 3
  4. 4. Rapport with technologyWednesday, 20 March 13 4
  5. 5. Student- generated content (learner- Connected as-designers) students (knowledge is in the network)Wednesday, 20 March 13 5
  6. 6. Ubiquitous 3000 shots Share with cameras per trip friends Place on Print? websites?Wednesday, 20 March 13 6
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  8. 8. rapport generate with connected content technology adapt mobile personalise space to their needs Owning the Place of LearningWednesday, 20 March 13 8
  9. 9. Changing the Space in which we Learn 9Wednesday, 20 March 13 9
  10. 10. Trends ‣ People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want. ‣ Shift to diverse places of learning as opposed to a singular place of learning 10Wednesday, 20 March 13 10
  11. 11. Spaces for Knowledge Generation n Physical, blended or virtual ‘areas’ that: n enhance learning n that motivate learners n promote authentic learning interactions n Spaces where both teachers and students optimize the perceived and actual affordances of the space (Keppell & Riddle, 2012). 11Wednesday, 20 March 13 11
  12. 12. Distributed Learning Spaces Physical Blended Virtual Formal Informal Formal Informal Mobile Personal Academic Professional Outdoor Practice 12Wednesday, 20 March 13 12
  13. 13. Virtual Learning Spaces Blending - Affordances - Equity?Wednesday, 20 March 13 13
  14. 14. Mobility n Global mobility n Mobility of people n Technologies to support mobility n Adapting our teaching and learning? n Assessment? 14Wednesday, 20 March 13 14
  15. 15. Mobile Learning Spaces n Mobile learning challenges educators to understand learners’ needs. n Encourages educators to understand how learning takes place beyond the classroom. n Examines the intersection of education, life, work and leisure (Kukulska-Hulme, 2010). 15Wednesday, 20 March 13 15
  16. 16. Undergraduate Students and IT n Monitors students relationship with digital technologies n Portabledevices are the ‘academic champions’ n 3x as many students used e-books or e-textbooks than in 2010 n Survey of 100,000 students across 195 institutions 16Wednesday, 20 March 13 16
  17. 17. Seamless Learning Seamless learning occurs when a person experiences a continuity of learning across a combination of locations, times, technologies or social settings (Sharples, et al, 2012).Wednesday, 20 March 13 17
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  19. 19. Learning Space Literacies 19Wednesday, 20 March 13 19
  20. 20. Literacies n Literacy is no longer “the ability to read and write” but now “the ability to understand information however presented.” n Cant assume students have skills to interact in a digital age n Literacies will allow us to teach more effectively in a digital age (JISC, 2012) 20Wednesday, 20 March 13 20
  21. 21. Developing Literacies n Employable graduates need to be digitally literate n Digital literacies are often related to discipline area n Learners need to be supported by staff to develop academic digital literacies n Professional development is vital in developing digital literacies n Professional associations are supporting their members to improve digital literacies n Engaging students supports digital literacy development i.e. students as change agents (JISC, 2012) 21Wednesday, 20 March 13 21
  22. 22. Context of Digital Literacies (JISC)Wednesday, 20 March 13 22
  23. 23. Principles of Learning Space Design n Comfort: a space which creates a physical and mental sense of ease and well-being n Aesthetics: pleasure which includes the recognition of symmetry, harmony, simplicity and fitness for purpose n Flow: the state of mind felt by the learner when totally involved in the learning experience 23Wednesday, 20 March 13 23
  24. 24. Principles of Learning Space Design •Equity: consideration of the needs of cultural and physical differences •Blending: a mixture of technological and face-to-face pedagogical resources •Affordances: the “action possibilities” the learning environment provides the users •Repurposing: the potential for multiple usage of a space (Souter, Riddle, Keppell, 2010) (http:// www.skgproject.com) 24Wednesday, 20 March 13 24
  25. 25. Redefining the Learning Space 25Wednesday, 20 March 13 25
  26. 26. Personal Learning Spaces ‣ Integrate formal and informal learning spaces ‣ Customised by the individual to suit their needs ‣ Allow individuals to create their own identities. ‣ Recognises ongoing learning and the need for tools to support life-long and life-wide learning. 26Wednesday, 20 March 13 26
  27. 27. Connectivism ‣ Knowledge has changed to networks and ecologies (Siemens, 2006). ‣ Need improved lines of communication in networks. ‣ “Connectivism is the assertion that learning is primarily a network-forming process” (p. 15). 27Wednesday, 20 March 13 27
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  29. 29. Redefining the learning space Seamless Learning Personalised Learning Learning Space Literacies Comfort Aesthetics Flow Equity Blending Affordances Desire Paths/Learning Repurposing PathwaysWednesday, 20 March 13 29
  30. 30. Questions? 30Wednesday, 20 March 13 30

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