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Emerging Technologies for Informal Learning: Transforming Traditional Education from the Inside and the Outside, Part 1 Coordinators: Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University and Mimi Miyoung Lee, Associate Professor, University of Houston
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Overall Abstract: During the past decade, there has been an increased interest and attention given to mobile learning, game-based learning, and digital books. In many ways, these three trends are interconnected as learners play games and read books on their smartphone, iPads, Kindles, and other such mobile devices. Some of these mobile activities directly impact learners in K-12 schools and universities, whereas others are more indirect in their influence. There is a growing number of informal and nontraditional forms of learning that need to be better understood. This two-part symposium will highlight many such technological innovations in the United States and around the world. Part One will focus more on the technologies and Part Two will explore ways of using these resources and tools to provide opportunities outside traditional educational boundaries and settings. As novel informal and nontraditional learning avenues are springing up, these outlets can engage learners in ways never before imagined.

Symposium Part 1 (Hour 1): Mobile Learning, Gaming, and Digital Books During the past decade, there has been an increased interest and attention given to mobile learning, game-based learning, and digital books. In many ways, these three trends are interconnected as learners play games and read books on their smartphone, iPads, Kindles, and other such mobile devices. Some of these mobile activities directly impact learners in K-12 schools and universities, whereas others are more indirect in their influence. Part 1 of this symposium will highlight current research and development related to each of these trends, as well as the gaps in such research, both in the United States as well as around the world.

Symposium Part Two (Hour 2): Nontraditional, Adventure, and Extreme Learning With the explosion of mobile learning as well as virtual and open education, there is need to better understand the growing number of informal and nontraditional forms of learning. In response, Part 2 of this will explore a wide range of emerging Web-based learning opportunities outside traditional school contexts including adventure learning and other forms of extreme learning. Among the areas explored will include online environmental education, language learning, mentoring, apprenticeship, and exciting Web projects and resources for social change and global education. Significant life change or “empowerment moments” can occur from exposure to extreme as well as not so extreme forms of teaching and learning. Both sessions will document many such cases and pose questions about where such research and practice should head in the coming decade.

Citation

Warren, S., Nihalani, P., Kim, P., Zhang, K., Veletsianos, G., Bonk, C.J., Correia, A.P. & Lee, M.M. (2012). Emerging Technologies for Informal Learning: Transforming Traditional Education from the Inside and the Outside, Part 1 Coordinators: Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University and Mimi Miyoung Lee, Associate Professor, University of Houston. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4917-4924). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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