Navigating Learning Worlds

Yellow Room

In this presentation we will explore how teaching and learning can take place in spaces beyond the classroom, whether physical or virtual. We will show examples of student interaction on social media that demonstrates how they have engaged with the design of learning activities using mobility in physical spaces and the navigation of virtual spaces, with tools such as ActionBound, Expeditions and Tour Builder. During the session we will reflect on the nature of pedagogy in technology-redefined activities that involve senses of both place and navigation.

Abstract
At the Mind Lab by Unitec we provide a postgraduate experience for in-service teachers that enables them to transform their practice using digital and collaborative learning. Our interactive, discovery learning sessions explore many approaches to contemporary pedagogy including design thinking, makerspaces, computational thinking and co-creativity. Many of these activities are embedded in delineated classroom environments, such as blended learning station rotations. Increasingly, however, teaching and learning takes place in spaces beyond the classroom, whether physical or virtual. Place, navigation and movement have all been recognised as important theoretical concepts in approaches to understanding such as situated learning, distributed cognition and mobilities research.

We have been exploring forms of learning that engage in the exploration of other spaces. Using GPS enabled tools such as ARIS and ActionBound, we have been exposing students to the use and design of situated outdoor learning activities such as crowdsourcing environmental sensor data.

Using Expeditions with Google Cardboard we have given students an opportunity to integrate virtual reality into their classrooms, while Tour Builder allows creative global navigation in a virtual space. Our presentation is based around student interactions on social media that express their responses and creativity using mobility in physical spaces and the navigation of virtual spaces. Bases on these interactions we reflect on the nature of pedagogy in technology-redefined activities that involve senses of both place and navigation.

Innovation in Learning and Teaching