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Designed and user-generated activity in the mobile age

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Traxler, John and Pettit, John (2007). Designed and user-generated activity in the mobile age. Journal of Learning Design, 2(1) pp. 52–65.

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The paper addresses the question of how to design for learning taking place on mobile and wireless devices. The authors argue that learning activity designers need to consider the characteristics of mobile learning; at the same time, it is vital to realise that learners are already creating mobile learning experiences for themselves. Profound changes in computer usage brought about by social networking and user-generated content are challenging the idea that educators are in charge of designing learning. The authors make a distinction between designed activity, carefully crafted in advance, and user-generated activity arising from learners’ own spontaneous requirements. The paper illustrates what each approach has to offer and it draws out what they have in common, the opportunities and constraints they represent. The paper concludes that user-generated mobile activity will not replace designed activity but it will influence the ways in which designed activity develops.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1832-8342
Keywords: mobile learning; learning design; user-generated content; citizen journalism; situated learning; contextual learning
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 8080
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 30 May 2013 04:21
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