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Connecting formal and informal learning in HE through a mobile multimedia micro-blogging environment, Carmen Holotescu, Gabriela Grosseck
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18 November 2011
In recent years, the most daring player in the social media arena proved to be the microblogging technology, as popular platforms used worldwide in educational environments are Twitter, Edmodo, Yammer or Twiducate. While there is a whole literature about the role of microblogging to support teaching in learning in Academia, research also revealed a growing evidence that the use of microblogging based on mobile technologies can help integrate formal and informal learning in university settings.
In the context in which the new frontier of social media is marked out by the use of mobile devices anywhere, anytime, by anyone and anything, this paper aims at valorizing the mobility parameters of microblogging, in order to connect formal and informal learning in higher education contexts by using the example of a specific platform – cirip.eu.
Thus, the purpose of this paper is:
a) to provide a general overview for using microblogs as social networks through mobile technologies;
b) to describe mobile microblogging learning benefits, opportunities, limits and risks
c) to present learning practices based on mobile multimedia microblogging both for formal and informal higher education contexts.
The paper is centered to integrate various aspects of connecting formal and informal learning for higher education based on the social mobile networking feature of microblogging technology at two levels: technological and pedagogical (e.g. create, localize and join mobile communties, access and use social media and Open Educational Resources, participate in polls and quizzes – asking questions, observing the other learners, create and manage mobile Personal Learning Envirionments/Networks etc.).