Mobile open social language learning: towards a paradigm shift

Traxler, John; Read, Timothy; Barcena, Elena and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2018). Mobile open social language learning: towards a paradigm shift. In: Read, Timothy; Montaner, Salvador and Sedano, Beatriz eds. Technological Innovation for Specialized Linguistic Domains: Languages for Digital Lives and Cultures (Proceedings of TISLID'18). Mauritius: Éditions Universitaires Européennes, pp. 397–406.


The authors have undertaken a combination of theoretical analysis together with reflection on a range of practical applications and explorations of mobile, social and open learning, over the years, leading them to the conclusion that a new language learning paradigm, Mobile Open Social Language Learning (MOSLL), is required. MOSLL is based upon the following axiom: In most societies today, characterized by permanent, ubiquitous and pervasive connectedness and mobility, language and learning and digital technology are no longer separate or discrete; they are simply and merely manifestations and aspects of the way things are now. The consequences of articulating this paradigm should be the formulation of the associated research agenda, the scholarly community and the foundational texts that are part of it. The authors have already started this process in the SWITCHED-ON project and other related work and projects.

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