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Mobilising authentic learning: Understanding the educational affordances of the iPad

Oldfield, J. and Herrington, J. (2012) Mobilising authentic learning: Understanding the educational affordances of the iPad. In: ASCILITE 2012: Future Challenges/Sustainable Futures, 25 - 28 November 2012, Wellington, New Zealand

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A strong body of evidence exists around the power of authentic learning as a pedagogical model to support learning for the future. In recent years, with the increased understanding and focus on authentic learning theory, the educator’s toolkit has continued to grow. Mobile technologies have also undergone rapid change during this time, including the emergence of a new category of mobile tablets inspired by the iPad. For teaching and learning to succeed in the future, we cannot afford to ignore technological and pedagogical change. This paper outlines the motivation and plans behind a study to augment the theory of authentic learning and develop a set of mobile authentic learning principles. The study is informed by the theories of authentic learning, cognitive tools and mobile learning supported by the educational affordances of the iPad. Design based research methodology will be employed to ensure the rigor of the study through two iterations of experimentation with a first year tertiary information systems for business course.

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