Fostering Collaborative Learning with Mobile Web 2.0 in Semi-Formal Settings

Mwanza-Simwami, Daisy (2016). Fostering Collaborative Learning with Mobile Web 2.0 in Semi-Formal Settings. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 8(1) pp. 34–50.



Mobile Web 2.0 technologies such as: mobile apps, social networking sites and video sharing sites have become essential drivers for shaping daily activities and meeting learning needs in various settings. However, very few studies link mobile Web 2.0 to supporting collaborative learning in real-life problem solving activities in semi-formal contexts. A study of collaborative learning and mobile Web 2.0 usage practices in real-life problem solving activities was carried out with 18 participants recruited from a local faith based community club. Research data was gathered through observational studies, open-ended questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and by logging content captured on mobile devices. Data analysis examined learner demographics, social interactions and artefacts produced in activities. Results indicate that the choice and use of mobile Web 2.0 to support collaborative learning in semi-formal settings is based on the ways in which technological functions effectively support and enhance established social relations and practices.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 45290
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1941-8655
  • Keywords
  • mobile collaborative learning; activity theory; Web 2.0; collaborative semi-formal learning; mobile apps
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2016, IGI Global
  • Depositing User
  • Daisy Mwanza