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Ubiquitous learning, ubiquitous computing, and lived experience Presented at the Sixth International Conference on Networked Learning, 5 May, 2008, Halkidiki, Greece


  • 1. Ubiquitous learning, ubiquitous computing, and lived experience Bertram C. Bruce National College of Ireland, 2007-08 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Presented at the Sixth International Conference on Networked Learning, 5 May, 2008, Halkidiki, Greece
  • 2. Ubiquitous learning occurs not just in classrooms, but in the home, the workplace, the playground, the library, museum, and nature center, and in our daily interactions with others becomes part of doing; we don't learn in order to live more fully, but rather learn as we live to the fullest occurs through active engagement no longer identied with reading a text or listening to lectures, but rather employs all the senses - sight, hearing, touch, feel, taste, ...
  • 3. Questions How does ubiquitous computing support inquiry? Which media/technologies are best? How does ubiquitous learning address educational challenges?
  • 4. Inquiry cycle Ask Reect Investigate Discuss Create
  • 5. Johnny Lees inquiry play, HCI procrast- specs, test ineering webpage, build video devices
  • 6. Lees My inquiry website projects, writing how it web, works YouTube colleagues, blog, blog Wiimote
  • 7. Which media work best? Plant Pathology course diverse student background & interests 19 different instructional media
  • 8. Media ecosystem visual aids: chalkboard, videotapes, overheads, color slides, PowerPoint slides web-based tools: website with text, images, and interactive exercises, and quizzes, PowerPoint notes face-to-face: lecture, small group discussion, whole class discussion, i>clickers paper-based tools: handouts, in class writing, outside of class, review grids
  • 9. Results across diverse learning styles, majors, and genders, many media were deemed to be useful for all learners usefulness depended on how it t with others media & course content, how the instructors used it, etc., not on intrinsic properties non-science majors found multiple media especially valuable
  • 10. AV materials, 1946 1. Blackboards and bulletin boards 11. Stereoscopes; hand, binocular, 2. Posters, cartoons, clippings televiewers; stereographs, disc for 3. Dramatics: pantomimes, playlets, televiewers pageants, puppet shows, shadow 12. Flat pictures; photographs, prints, plays postcards, positive transparencies 4. Trips, journeys, tours, visits 13. Still pictures projectors and 5. Models, objects, specimens projected-opaque, lmslides, slides 6. Charts: organization or ow, table, (glass, cellophane, ceramic, etc.) tree or stream 14. Sound lmslides projectors; sound 7. Graphs: area, bar, diagram, line, lmslides pictorial statistics 15. Motion pictures projectors and 8. Maps: at, relief, projected, electric, projected: silent lms, sound lms globe (celestial or terrestrial) 16. Sound recorders: transcriptions 9. Microscopes 17. Phonographs; disc, wire; recordings 10. Microprojectors, reading machines; 18. Talking books microlms, microphotographs, 19. Radios, loudspeakers, public address microprint systems, intercommunicating systems 20. Television
  • 11. New challenges [new] social settings eliminate the opportunities of developing those human skills that are fundamentally different from the skills of machines: abilities such as listening, interpreting, instructing, and working out to mutually acceptable accommodations. But it is the skills, more than anything else, that the global village needs. Ursula Franklin, 2006
  • 12. An expanded concept of instructional design that includes the purpose of education, the need to teach the person as well as the content, and the importance of the social context of learning is required before we can implement computer- based collaborative learning for the children in our schools. Wiburg, 1995
  • 13. What is inquiry? To feel the meaning of what one is doing, and to rejoice in that meaning; to unite in one concurrent fact the unfolding of the inner life and the ordered development of material conditionsthat is art. John Dewey, Culture and industry in education
  • 14. Conclusion Technologies as both means & ends of inquiry Media ecosystem as a whole New challenge for the development of critical, socially-engaged intelligence


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