Research Questions

  1. What is the value added to lecturers and to students from participating in such a collaboration in terms of acquired competencies, social capital, motivation etc.? This we should specify more and could develop a questionnaire or interview guestions to collect data at the end of the project.
  2. What types of learning activities/pedagogical strategies prove appropriate for this type of student collaboration? We can design and test a set of different activities/pedagogical strategies and evaluate which ones worked and which ones did not. I think this would give us an opportunity to systematically collect different ideas on activities we want to test and provide a nice, tangible outcome that we can share with the scientific community at the end. What do you think?
  3. What strategies can be used to design the pedagogical use of Web 2.0 tools to create social constructivist learning environments that bridge formal and informal learning contexts, and also bridge international boundaries?
  4. What are best practice examples of the pedagogical use of Wireless Mobile Devices (WMDs) to facilitate access to these Web 2.0 tools?
Where pedagogical refers to enhancing the teaching and learning environment, and social constructivism refers to a student-centred learning environment where students are involved in investigating, critiquing, content creation and sharing, and authentic learning contexts.

Supporting Paper:

Cochrane, T., Bateman, R., Buchem, I., Camacho, M., Gordon, A., Keegan, H., et al. (2011, 14th-16th November). Mlearning 2.0: Fostering International Collaboration. Paper presented at the ICERI2011: International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.