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Mobile blogs in language learning: making the most of informal and situated learning opportunities

Comas-Quinn, Anna; Mardomingo, Raquel and Valentine, Chris (2009). Mobile blogs in language learning: making the most of informal and situated learning opportunities. ReCALL, 21(1) pp. 96–112.

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The application of mobile technologies to learning has the potential to facilitate the active participation of learners in the creation and delivery of content. They can also provide a powerful connection between a variety of formal and informal learning contexts and can help to build a community of learners. However these versatile tools present challenges to educators and learners alike. The paper discusses the pedagogical challenges that result from the introduction of mobile technologies in language learning in the context of an intensive week of study abroad. We describe and evaluate a pilot project that uses mobile blogging to promote a constructivist, situated and informal learning experience of the foreign language and culture based on theories of active learning. We aim to encourage interaction and a sense of community among learners outside formal educational environments and in different locations as we ask them to engage with the foreign culture by capturing, sharing and reflecting on their experiences for their peers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning
ISSN: 0958-3440
Keywords: mobile learning; language learning; group blogs; user-generated content; informal learning; situated learning
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Education and Language Studies
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 12341
Depositing User: Anna Comas-Quinn
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2009 10:37
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 21:22
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