Enhancing the learning experience
An immersive learning experience is described in A glimpse of the future - Mudlarking in Deptford. This example illustrates a new form of learning activity with more complex pedagogies required to extract the full advantage. However, the use of mobile devices as part of a longer blended learning activity, or sequence of activities, may afford a similar sense of novelty and engagement.
|Informal learning.||Learning can be enhanced by games and quizzes transmitted via small mobile devices or by taking place in familiar settings.|
|Portability.||The potential of group learning is extended by the greater variety of activities and locations made possible by the use of mobile phones or PDAs.|
|Accessibility.||Alternative learning experiences can be provided for learners with disabilities.|
|Context awareness.||'Just-in-time' information can be available in external locations to create an immersive learning experience.|
A short case study, Mudlarking in Deptford from NESTA Futurelab, in A glimpse of the futuregives an account of an innovative pedagogical approach to designing learning activities which combines mobile and wireless technologies with a web-based discussion forum.