A Proposed Taxonomy of Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives of Mobile Applications to Support Ubiquitous Learning

By Ronnie Shroff, Christopher Keyes and Warren S. Linger.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The utilization of mobile technology has redesigned the way courses today are delivered to students, with the result that time and space are no longer a constraint for students and instructors. However, the use of mobile applications in a learning environment does not change the essential aspects of how students learn - prior research confirms that there is improved learning when students possess the means to physically move their own learning environment with them and consequently, seamlessly adapt to the new environment in order to access information within the context of their learning. Despite the ubiquity and flexibility of using mobile applications, one key challenge faced by students is that technological, instructional, and pedagogical developments have not been precisely integrated, so as to transform learning environments into productive and user-centered spaces. Based upon prior research, this paper proposes a taxonomy of theoretical and pedagogical perspectives relating to the use of mobile applications in education to support ubiquitous learning. Using categories of educational apps and unifying existing learning theories, we demonstrate how this taxonomy can be applied in such a way, so as to facilitate understanding of pedagogical issues in mobile learning.

Keywords: mobile, applications, apps, ubiquitous, u-learning, pedagogy, instructional design, technology

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.23-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: December 21, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 841.584KB)), ISSN: ISSN 1835-9795.

Dr. Ronnie Shroff

Assistant Director, Resource Centre for Ubiquitous Learning & Integrated Pedagogy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Prof. Christopher Keyes

Director, Resource Centre for Ubiquitous Learning & Integrated Pedagogy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Dr. Warren S. Linger

Lecturer, College of International Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong