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TCM Feedback: Location-based learning: Education in the wild
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4 October 2011
Abstract: The growth in personal mobile devices and the increasing ubiquity of Internet access has led to people accessing the Internet anywhere, at almost any place and time. We are continually on-the-go and demand that our technology keep pace with us. An emerging area of mobile computing is that of location-awareness, where our smartphones and PDAs utilise GPS or cell tower triangulation to provide location-based services and apps, direct to our devices, wherever we happen to be.
This talk examines the potential of the mobile Internet to offer informal learning opportunities that are location-based and contextually relevant to the user. I will introduce some projects where the focus has been on learning whilst in location, drawing upon examples primarily from geography and history. I will also look at the possibility of using geolocated user-generated content as means of enabling peer learning and fostering asynchronous social interaction.
As well as talking about these projects, I hope to inspire anyone else who might be thinking about introducing location-based learning into their line of work - formally or informally. I hope to also show the potential for non-work-based learning, through visits to the countryside, nature reserves or cultural heritage sites.
Presenter: Dr Elizabeth FitzGerald (IET)
Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor