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Rethinking distance education in China: Mobile-assisted language learning designs in a blended foreign language curriculum

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Chen, Yongli (2018). Rethinking distance education in China: Mobile-assisted language learning designs in a blended foreign language curriculum. In: Palalas, Agnieszka ed. Blended Language Learning: International Perspectives on Innovative Practices. Beijing: China Central Radio and Television University Press Co., Ltd..

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Abstract

In recent years, China’s distance education has largely adopted a blended learning approach. However the online aspects of learning are characterized by a lack of interactivity and individualization. This could change with the advent of mobile learning. Many web 2.0 tools that allow for collaborative interactions are compatible with mobile devices, and mobile learning can engage learners by offering a rich, informal, contextualized, situated and ubiquitous learning environment. Mobile learning can also be personalized as smartphones and other devices can be customized and learning resources can be tailor-made. This is very important for Chinese distance learners who have a wide age distribution and diverse learning experiences and therefore have individual learning needs and desires. It seems an opportune moment to integrate mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) into a blended foreign language curriculum. A collaborative project between The Open University UK and the Open University of China (Nanhai) enabled exploration of how MALL could be integrated in a blended foreign language curriculum for distance learners, from a learning/instructional design perspective. Based on a literature review, knowledge of the requirements and habits of Chinese distance learners gathered via a survey, and tutor feedback from a mobile learning pilot course, we present our findings and put forward a number of design principles that can guide mobile learning designs to support transformation of distance education in China.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and Yongli Chen
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 59696
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2019 13:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59696
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