An investigation of mobile-mediated social learning using socio-constructivism: a case study of convergence of informal and formal learning at the Polytechnic of Namibia

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Ng'ambi Dick en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Ithindi, Elina Tangeni en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T07:00:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T07:00:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ithindi, E. 2014. An investigation of mobile-mediated social learning using socio-constructivism: a case study of convergence of informal and formal learning at the Polytechnic of Namibia. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12967
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Mobile phones are hardly used for teaching and learning in the study setting, the Polytechnic of Namibia. Formal learning that is widespread in the study setting does not allow the design of authentic learning tasks. Nevertheless, mobile learning allows the design of authentic learning tasks and enables students to construct knowledge socially in an informal learning environment that facilitates interaction and collaboration. Learning is a boundless social activity that takes place through engagement with others. As learning takes place through interaction, it cannot be confined to the classroom; it should involve transition between formal and informal learning. Learning is hence not confined to didactic methods and does not only take place through transmission of knowledge. New forms of learning are emerging whereby student interaction is enabled by technological tools, unlike formal learning that does not necessitate online tools. Mobile devices might thus be used to mediate convergence of formal and informal learning. This study was aimed to investigate how mobile-mediated social learning converges formal and informal learning, using a socio-constructivist approach. The study was conducted in the Department of Languages at the Polytechnic of Namibia in two phases, the pilot phase that was conducted in 2012, and the main study that was conducted in 2013. The study involved a total of ten students doing Language in Practice. Mobile applications, social media tools inclusive, have potential to change the traditional pattern of learning. They enable social construction of knowledge. As a social media tool, WhatsApp was used in this study as a platform for the participants in the study to exchange ideas and construct knowledge collaboratively. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Education en_ZA
dc.title An investigation of mobile-mediated social learning using socio-constructivism: a case study of convergence of informal and formal learning at the Polytechnic of Namibia en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department School of Education en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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