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Ubiquitous learning, ubiquitous computing, and lived experience

Bruce, Bertram C. (2009) Ubiquitous learning, ubiquitous computing, and lived experience. In: Ubiquitous Learning. University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL, pp. 21-30. ISBN 9780252076800

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Ubiquitous learning is more than just the latest educational idea or method. At its core the term conveys a vision of learning that is connected across all the stages on which we play at our lives. Learning occurs not just in classrooms, but in the home, workplace, playground, library, museum, nature center, and in our daily interactions with others. Moreover, learning becomes part of doing; we do not learn in order to live more fully but rather learn as we live to the fullest. Learning happens through active engagement, and significantly, it is no longer identified with reading a text or listening to lectures but rather occurs through all the senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

It is understandable to think that ubiquitous computing is necessary for this kind of ubiquitous learning and sufficient to make it possible. Education would certainly be easier to promote if we could simply identify some new technologies that would make ubiquitous learning occur. But in the sense presented above, the new technologies are neither necessary nor sufficient for this to happen. This chapter develops these ideas further, arguing that it is our vision for ubiquitous learning that matters most, not just the technical affordances. We need to define ubiquitous learning in a historically legitimate way, one that recognizes the possibilities presented by the new technologies without reducing the argument to a technocentric position.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Centre For Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2014 14:41

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