Blending student technology experiences in formal and informal learning

October 1st, 2013 | RESEARCH

In this article, we discuss the importance of recognizing students' technology-enhanced informal learning experiences and develop pedagogies to connect students' formal and informal learning experiences, in order to meet the demands of the knowledge society. The Mobile- Blended Collaborative Learning model is proposed as a framework to bridge the gap between formal and informal learning and blend them together to form a portable, flexible, collaborative and creative learning environment. Using this model, three categories of mobile application tools, namely tools for collaboration, tools for coordination and tools for communication, have been identified as pertinent in blending formal and informal learning, and they can be connected seamlessly to provide an effective learning mechanism to support the learning process.


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Team Members

K. W. Lai, Author, University of Otago
F. Khaddage, Author, Deakin University
Gerald Knezek, Author, University of North Texas


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 0266-4909
Identifier Type: doi
Identifier: 10.1111/jcal.12030

Publication: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
Volume: 29
Number: 5
Page(s): 414

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media