Mobile Web 2.0: New Spaces for Learning

Mobile Web 2.0: New Spaces for Learning

Clara Pereira Coutinho (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-613-8.ch013
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Abstract

In this chapter, the author reflects on the emergence of Mobile Web 2.0, a new paradigm for learning in the 21st century, made possible by the combination of a powerful generation of mobile devices with Internet access and the Web 2.0 technologies that allow collaboration, participation, knowledge sharing and construction. The author presents the theoretical framework which sustains learning with mobile devices, and reflects on the potential of Mobile Web 2.0 for the development of informal learning and the construction of personal learning environments. Finally, the chapter presents educational scenarios for the development of mobile learning using Web 2.0 tools, in particular, those made possible using Twitter and m-Flickr.
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Conceptualizing Mobile Learning

The discussion around the establishment of a definition for mobile learning is still emerging and is far from being consensual. In fact, according to Winters (2006), the discussion on the concept of mobile learning can be organized around four broad categories of perspectives:

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    the technocentric point of view, dominant in the literature that associates mobile learning to the use of mobile devices;

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    the e-learning perspective that considers mobile learning as an extension of e-learning;

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    the perspective that regards the place of mobile learning in relation to different forms of formal and informal education;

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    the learner-centered approach that emphasizes the linkage between mobile learning and mobile devices to focus on the mobility of the learner.

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