Mobile Learning: location, collaboration and scaffolding inquiry

Scanlon, Eileen (2014). Mobile Learning: location, collaboration and scaffolding inquiry. In: Ally, Mohamed and Tsinakos, Avgoustos eds. Increasing Access through Mobile Learning. Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning. Vancouver: Commonwealth of Learning, pp. 85–98.



Critiques of mobile learning pedagogy are concerned with whether such approaches are technology led. This chapter discusses how the particular features of mobile learning can be harnessed to provide new learning opportunities in relation to collaboration, inquiry and location-based learning. Technology supported inquiry learning is a situation rich with possibilities for collaboration. In particular, mobile learning offers new possibilities for scaffolding collaboration together with its other better-known features such as scaffolding the transfer between settings and making learning relevant by making use of the possibilities of location-based learning. These features are considered as part of mobile learning models, in particular mobile collaborative learning models.

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