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Beyond the Classroom: Augmented learning – Spreading your wings beyond the classroom. -- 309 -- Proceedings Paper

12:00 - 13:00 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in 2.219

The dramatic advancements in technology over the last five years has created an environment that could support learning that surpasses anything we would have seen, experienced or imagined before. While new technologies offer considerable opportunities for improved learning, its use however has remained as a plug-on to traditional teaching methods. In this paper we discuss the impact of reinvigorating two courses where the use of Mobile Web 2.0 (MW2.0) tools were embedded within the learning process with an aim of enabling learner-generated content and context. Students and staff in this collaborative project, from two different courses, were equipped with iPhone 4's and iPad 2's for the duration of the course (n= 36, 16 week semester). A participatory action research method was used to evaluate the project and to scaffold the staff into learning and teaching in the 21st century. The pedagogical approach underpinning this project and the design for use of MW2.0 tools are discussed. Examples of artifacts created by the students in the project are outlined and provide an overview of the different contexts students interacted in.