The Future of Digital Pedagogical Practices in Higher Education (74219)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Rajendran Govender

Thursday, 21 September 2023 13:40
Session: Session 3
Room: Gotic
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

As education institutions need to prepare students to meet digital age demands, research on mobile learning has been ongoing since 2002. Critical digital pedagogy perspectives have been emerging on when not to use digital tools as well as evaluating the impact of digital tools on teaching and learning practices. However, without reference to theoretical and pedagogical issues, studies of m-learning will not necessarily further understanding of how m-learning can contribute to successful learning outcomes globally. Laxman (2013) points out, “Gratuitous use of technology for the sake of technology will not necessarily improve teaching and learning processes”. For the study, 115 higher education students completed an informal survey to assess their classroom device use during March and September 2018. The survey findings highlighted the impact of “looking at screen” tendencies and device use during class time. The study found that Google was used most often by 70% of the students. Although 28% found that the devices helped to complete tasks, 20% used their devices for sending WhatsApp messages. In a 50-minute lesson, 22% assessed they looked at their screens 20+ times. Although current teaching and learning practices need to be critically investigated to ensure that future graduates are equipped with required knowledge and social attributes, classroom m-learning pedagogies also need careful consideration. M-learning can only improve learner outcomes when it is matched by pedagogical practice application that takes into account m-learning practices as well as the differentiated educational and cultural contexts in which it will be used.

Marcelle Harran, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Marcelle Harran is a new literacies advocate, especially the impact of social practices on language teaching and learning. She lectures PGCE English Method (HL & FAL) at STADIO and is a reseach associate at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00