New Learning Spaces

Mobile phones are transforming the way the world connects. Over 4 billion people have mobile cellular subscriptions, 450 million of these users have access to the mobile Web. Facebook (as of July 2010), has officially admitted that it has has a staggering 500 million plus  members, each with an average of 130 friends. 150 million of Facebook’s active users choose to access the site via their mobile phones (and confirm the suspicion that mobile web users tend to be twice as active on their mobiles as their tethered counterparts).  Globally, individuals are connecting to each other and  data in startling new way and places. Morgan Staley (p22) argue that Five trends are converging

  1. 3G +
  2. Social Networking +
  3. Video +
  4. VoIP +
  5. Impressive Mobile Devices

In our first colloquium,  I have suggested that ELSI invite a panel of academics to talk about their research on the effects, if any, of these new connected spaces, on teaching and learning, students and their lecturers and the way that we are being educated. To echo Michael Wesch “ a new communication paradigm is being constructed through community interaction and participation, which enables the formation of loosely connected groups with relative ease.”  I would, however, like to give the colloquium a local demonstration of  the “networked communications ” and ask you to use any combination of the five trends to comment on how these connected spaces are transforming your teaching and learning.

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