Friday, May 05, 2006

M-learning and Foundation Degrees

This is a question really ...

How would Foundation Degree students situated within their own working environment take to using their mobile phones to post to their learning community ? An excited learner could feedback to the group far more quickly than waiting for the group seminar a week later; a query could be answered by a community member.

The posts would go into the community software with responses appearing on-line but being returned by SMS to the phone of the originator? Possible? I would think so ...

2 Comments:

At 10:36 pm, Blogger Bluefluff said...

Would such students raise the sort of queries that could be answered usefully within the confines of a text message?

 
At 10:29 am, Blogger Jane said...

Quite possibly; there would be an issue of culture and identity involved though.

Employers would need to find acceptable the practise of gaining expertise/learning though an m-enhanced CoP and there would need to be protocols established for student:student and student:tutor communication as per any on-line community. It would also require that students are open to publicising their status as a learner; even within our own tutor groups (and we are all self confessed learners)there are many who dont like shouting for 'help' and/or confess to not liking to look daft by asking. (I say ask and look daft - and then you learn). Within the workplace many workers are still viewed as having literal 'L' plates and not being up to the job if they display and image as a learner. David Boud writes well on this subject.

 

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