Nuggets, Pills and Flashcards: Short and Sweet, But How Suitable For What Learning? - MicroContent-based approaches in Technology Enhanced Learning (MC-TEL)
Mobile devices more and more intrude the field of TEL, creating new possibilities for learning: informal, anytime and anywhere, with greater control of learning progress and accessing learning content within the context of knowledge domains.
Fueled by this shift to mobile learning as well as the dominance of small chunks of information in today’s web 2.0 world (mails, websites, blogs, wikis, podcasts, news apps and twitter) new learning formats start to appear: learning nuggets, pills, learning cards.
The approach of using such micro-content in learning environments seems attractive from a learners point of view, it reflects the predominant way of taking up information in Web 2.0, and it fits well on the small screens of mobile devices. In addition, learning in small units better supports informal learning approaches and better integrates into contexts in which time and activity limitations prevail. However, the approach poses new challenges and questions on multiple levels: pedagogical, technological, organizational, contextual.
Objectives of the tutorial
The tutorial is designed as a comparative exercise bringing together researchers and practitioners to jointly reconsider challenges and questions of suitability of micro-content applications in TEL. Within interactive sessions the participants will have hands-on experiences of existinig TEL-applications using micro-content and work towards a common understanding of the characteristics and implications for TEL and invite future collaboration and joint investigation of the basic concept of learning in small steps/units with the aim of create a network of researchers and practitioners regarding current practices and strategies in micro-content based TEL.
The tutorial will take place on September 18, 2012.
To participate, simply register for the EC-TEL conference and tick-off the checkbox for MC-TEL: http://ec-tel.eu/registration.
There is no extra fee for the tutorial - the participation is included in the conference fee.
For further information on the tutorial please contact florian.foerster (at) researchstudio.at.
- Prof. DDr. Peter A. Bruck (Research Studios Austria FG)
- Florian Förster (Research Studios Austria FG)
- Gregor Cholewa (KnowledgeFox GmbH)
- Dr. Michael Alexander (KnowledgeFox GmbH)
- Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem, Beuth University of Applied Sciences
- Prof. Dr. Luvai Motiwalla, University of Massachusetts Lowell
- Prof. Dr. Peter Baumgartner, Danube University Krems
- Erich Herber, Danube University Krems