Technology enhanced informal science learning and engagement: a typology of activity

Scanlon, Eileen (2012). Technology enhanced informal science learning and engagement: a typology of activity. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Jul 4-6, Rome Italy.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2012.62

Abstract

This paper deals with the relationship between technology enhanced learning and the development of ideas about public engagement with the sciences. The paper reviews recent developments in the use of technology to engage publics debates and discussion and with aspects of scientific research enacted through citizen science initiatives. Developments in technology, particularly in mobile technology which have enabled these will be considered. These examples will be compared with a number of case studies where informal learning enabled by technology has indicated the future possibilities for work in this area. Taken together these two strands of activity, engagement and informal learning are described and classified. The paper concludes with a review of the issues arising from the case studies and models of learning applicable to these.

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