Educational practitioners as designers of seamless learning: Lessons from a seamless learning scenarios design experience

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Abstract

In theory, seamless learning design and research with its focus on bridging gaps in learning across contexts can help formulate answers to educational challenges. The recent mass lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic causing education to urgently switch from school-based to online teaching is just one of the many examples in support of design for continuity of learning. In over twenty years of its history, seamless learning has accumulated a substantial body of knowledge of what learning across contexts entails and how bridges across boundaries can be designed. However, seamless learning principles and guidelines to design for continuity of learning with the help of e.g., ubiquitous mobile technologies still need to find their way into educational practice.
The study focuses on the outcomes of a hands-on activity in designing seamless learning scenarios. This activity included getting acquainted with the basics of seamless learning and designing a seamless learning scenario. It was part of an event organized for educational practitioners interested in the topic of seamless learning. Analysis of the seamless learning scenarios collaboratively designed during this activity demonstrated that teachers build on inquiry-based learning and problem-based learning paradigms to design learning that combines in-school, out-of-school and online contexts. They were able to include location-based content in school and teacher-led scenarios, however, ideas on the use of mobile technology were still described rather vaguely. Crossing boundaries and removing seams between contexts, did not yet become apparent in these initial teachers’ designs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning
Subtitle of host publicationSustaining equal access to learning in a mobile world
Place of PublicationCairo, Egypt
PublisherIAmLearn
Pages133-141
Number of pages9
Volume2020
Edition1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020
Event19th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning: Sustaining equal access to learning in a mobile world - Online, eLearning Centre at Mansoura University, Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 Nov 20204 Nov 2020
Conference number: 19
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Conference

Conference19th World Conference on Mobile, Blended and Seamless Learning
Abbreviated titleMLearn 2020
Country/TerritoryEgypt
CityCairo
Period2/11/204/11/20
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Keywords

  • Seamless learning
  • learning scenarios
  • educational practitioners
  • learning design
  • learning across contexts
  • teacher professional development

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