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Title: Alternative learning approaches in a pandemic context: from the collaborative outdoor EduPARK game to a virtual visit
Author: Pombo, Lúcia
Marques, Margarida M.
Keywords: Real-world learning
Virtual visit
Smart education
Mobile games
Augmented reality
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: IADIS
Abstract: Over the last years, there has been much interest in mobile technologies for teaching and learning. Despite the focus on these emerging and innovative tools, mobile learning (mLearning) is facing many challenges. In response to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools implemented eLearning or mLearning during school closures. However, mobile activities that involve collaboration of students in outdoor environments need to be rethought, as social distance is advised. This paper provides a pragmatic example of how to respond in the uncertain present, and plan systematically for an unpredictable, post-pandemic future. It presents an alternative learning approach in a pandemic context, as the EduPARK can be explored in a virtual visit, reinforcing the connection between physical and virtual learning spaces. This way learning can happen without face-to-face interactions for those who are avoiding physical contact, for those who are far away from the location, or even for students with motor difficulties. As a reflection, the authors examine major educational changes that have recently been imposed upon teachers and educational researchers, as well as key aspects of the current emergency response in education, and resultant implications for educational technology and mLearning.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-989-8704-28-3
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