Mobile Inquiry-based Learning: Relationship among levels of inquiry, learners’ autonomy and environmental interaction

E.B.K. Tan, Ellen Rusman, O. Firssova, S.G.C. Ternier, M.M. Specht, R. Klemke, Hyo-Jeong So

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    Abstract

    This paper aims to further unpack the notion of mobile inquiry-based learning with a focus on the relationship between levels of inquiry, learners’ autonomy and environmental interaction in outdoor learning. Specifically, it provides a literature review and a retrospective analysis of the empirical studies on mobile inquiry-based learning at two institutions in two countries. The goal of this paper is two-fold: i) To review the effect of the different levels of inquiry, task types and technological mediation on learners’ autonomy and learners’ interaction with the environment in mobile learning and ii) To revisit the notion of environment interaction in outdoor learning spaces (open and enclosed spaces). An initial retrospective analysis of our empirical studies on mobile inquiry-based learning reiterated two core findings: 1. Different levels of inquiry not only shaped learners’ interaction with the physical affordances of the rich real world platform but also learners’ environmental interaction in enclosed- and open-outdoor learning spaces; 2. Technological mediation plays a crucial role in enabling learners to overcome the constraints of time, space and location interaction. In this after-action-review, we identify and discuss the intricate relationship between levels of inquiry, the constituting contextual elements of the outdoor learning environment, learners’ autonomy and learners’ interaction with the outdoor environment. How learners leverage the physical, material and social resources in the outdoor learning context to construct and to negotiate meaning (individually or with learning peers).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
    EditorsDavid Parsons, Robert Power, Agnieszka Palalas, Helga Hambrock, Kathryn MacCallum
    Place of PublicationChicago, IL
    PublisherConcordia University
    Pages22-29
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781939797360
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
    Event17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning - Concordia University Chicago, Chicago, United States
    Duration: 11 Nov 201814 Nov 2018
    http://iamlearn.org/mlearn/

    Conference

    Conference17th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityChicago
    Period11/11/1814/11/18
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Inquiry-based Learning
    • Seamless learning
    • Mobile learning
    • Autonomy
    • Outdoor learning
    • learner autonomy
    • teacher agency
    • environmental interaction
    • technology mediation

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