Mobile learning pedagogies : panel discussion

Palalas, Aga and Parsons, David and Nikou, Stavros and Rudolfo, Selwyn (2021) Mobile learning pedagogies : panel discussion. In: 20th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning, 2021-10-06 - 2021-10-07, Online.

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    Abstract

    Mobile learning has been around for twenty years or so, and different pedagogical methods have been (or have not been) employed. Mobile learning research has often been centered around the technical aspects of mobile tools and applications and less on the pedagogical aspect and learning approaches. While several theories of learning have been applied in mobile learning, the link be-tween theory and pedagogy is often missing, as is the specific relationship be-tween pedagogy and mobile learning theory and practice. Mobile learning mediates any pedagogy in specific ways that may render it qualitatively different from the same pedagogical approach used in another context. However, an important question is whether mobile learning pedagogy can be seen as distinct from other pedagogies. While it is evident that mobile devices can assist traditional pedagogies, such as teaching practices informed by social constructivism, or shifting the focus from teacher-centred to student-centred learning, the question behind these uses of mobile devices in learning is whether there is an identifiable mobile learning pedagogy that is novel and distinct. Discussion is needed to provide a more unified and consistent view of mobile learning and its associated theories and pedagogies, and perhaps bring in new aspects of mobile learning that take account of the opportunities and affordances of evolving mobile technologies.