Designer Learning: The Teacher as Designer of Mobile-based Classroom Learning

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Designer Learning: The Teacher as Designer of Mobile-based Classroom Learning Experiences

  • Nicky Hockly, Director of Pedagogy, The Consultants-E
Nicky Hockly

Nicky Hockly

 

Executive Summary: This paper takes as its starting point Laurillard’s (2012) assertion that classroom practitioners need to become designers of effective learning experiences. It describes a small-scale classroom-based action research project carried out with two different levels of international EFL students studying in the UK, over a two-week period. Through the experience of implementing mobile-based communicative classroom tasks with these learners, six parameters for the effective design and sequencing of these tasks became apparent: (1) hardware, (2) mobility, (3) technological complexity, (4) linguistic/communicative competence, (5) type of MALL, and (6) educational /learning context.

This paper describes the study and proposes these six parameters as key to designing effective mobile-based tasks for the communicative language classroom. It is hoped that these parameters may be applicable to other fields in education. Finally, areas of concern within the study are explored, suggestions are made for future classroom-based research, and the importance of teacher training is highlighted.

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Discussion of this paper provided by: Xueting Wang, Assistant Professor, DLIFLC, USA

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Discussion of this paper provided by: Anne Burns, Professor in Language Education & Director of the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA), United Kingdom

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On Apr 21, 2015: IATEFL 2015 in Tweets | said:
[…] to her! Here’s the paper on mobile learning she shared and explored during her session: http://www.tirfonline.org/english-in-the-workforce/mobile-assisted-language-learning/designer-learni… . Her selfie activity with students in which they were practicing verb tenses for routines and had […]

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