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EDUC1104 Assignment 2

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EDUC1104 Assignment 2
Done by Imran Khan Thursday 1-2pm Tutorial
An Overview of Learning Objectives
- Understand how new technologies operate in the modern world taking into account of social, political, economic/financial and education systems from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds

- Recognise the affordances, affordability of mobile handheld devices and its applicability in developed and developing nations

- Appreciate the use of formal and informal methods of learning various countries

- Ability to relate and differentiate the uses of mobile handheld devices of formal and informal education in the developed and developing countries

- Perform a critical analysis on the ways of delivering/teaching digital information/education to everyone

- Learning the possible uses of handheld technologies to support our current and future education

-Have the ability to show multiple uses of mobile handheld technologies to help students learn efficiently in their current major studies.
Rationale of My Educational Approaches
Living in Australia a developed nation, it is more emphasised to receive education through a social contructivist method of learning which is a point I highly agree upon. I highly disagree with the idea of learning concepts by rote learning ie information transmission or even behaviourist approach to a certain extent. We should always seek to understand the reasons to everything we do and building upon that knowledge. Rote learning is only applicable to certain study areas such maths and physics where equations/data should be memorized but the important part is how we apply it which should be understood not memorized!

I suggest my peers to seek social contructivist, situated learning and embodied learning educational approach and decide which method would best maximize their learning. For example in my engineering science major it is highly recommended to utilise all three different approaches especially embodied learning since we deal with variety of software and graphics design programs. Situated learning is important too because building and creating solutions or even the idea of a solution should take place in a proper environment to motivate ideas/creativity for example of a workshop I attend for ENSC2001 where we build circuits and a rocket for launch using the circuit to guide the robot to its launching region. The workshop creates an atmosphere that promotes us to learn and devise ideas. Social constructivist approach is crucial to our learning is because as engineers we need to consult on one another if our idea is good and whether we can build up on that knowledge to have a better idea for our engineering practices.
5 Distinct Mobile Uses (in the context of Engineering Science & Economics Major)
1)
e-books
: ebooks are electronic devices mainly used for reading books off them rather than physically buying the book. There are multiple functions that it can perform depending on the type of ebook that you buy which is very convenient and also it is environmentally friendly. It is small and compact and can carry a library of books rather than purchasing it all individually. It has decent battery life and some ebooks have a certain lighting that doesn't cause irritation in the eye when reading for a long period of time. Its application in the engineering major is that since some textbooks are bulky and too big too read, it is better to download them and read it off the ebook saving you a great deal of space and energy. There are of course disadvantages to the ebook reader such as battery life or warranty but it isnt such a great deal to worry about as long as you keep in check.

2)
Educational apps
: There are a great deal of apps that can assist in learning such as the language app like the dictionary.com app. Some apps use information transmission or even behaviourist approach of learning and some may employ social contructivist method of learning.Since I constantly face mathematical calculations that take forever to solve but with the wonderful 'wolfram alpha' app it is able to simplify/solve problem ranging from integration to plotting multi variable curves and even solving differential equations which saves great time allowing me to solve question without wasting too much time on the technical part for me to focus on the theory.. This app is applicable to courses such as physics & mathematics too and it mainly employs behaviourist/transmission approach to users.

3)
Polling
: Polling is a great method of performing a questionnaire or receving a feedback for something. For ENSC units we always have to perform a student assessment feedback on other students working with us in the group. Before we have to fill in any official feedback from the unit coordinator, we can make our own poll to question the members of the group on each other's performance weekly to keep up do date with our work and make sure that we can improve ourselves. Also in economics marketing management unit we learn about ethics in businesses and by implement polls we can review people view on an issue or whether they're happy working with the company etc.

4)
Geosocial networking
: it is mainly a type of social networking that allows people to communicate with one another realtive to their current location. However there are countless uses of geosocial apps related to features such as geolocating like google maps (gps), social shopping & ah hoc networking where group of mobile devices in the immediate area are linked to a master server where they're able to freely communicate and share information. In ENSC major, we are always made to join a group for project building and planning hence easy communication is vital to for our success. The 2nd most realiable, most popular social networking today is facebook. Communication is simple and free for everyone. As a matter of fact facebook is applicable to any major that involves group discussion such as this unit EDUC1104. We'd often create a group on facebook and work together on QR codes and Foursquare etc.

5)
Virtual learning
: It is a learning education system based on the web that somewhat replaces/assist the student to teacher type of learning by providning visual aid to the the students/learner. This may be of the form of videos, mails, message boards and discussion forum. It may also be computerized learning such as providing animations to learning like circuit diagrams or nuclear physics. This link shows http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new shows an example of how simulations can aid in learning. Virtual learning often uses web tools or a two way interaction with given contents. For ENSC major, we can use these kinds of simulations to aid us in concepts that are hard to understand or visualize such as atoms, nanoparticles, stress in a beam etc. This is also applicable in economics where an economic model can show money flow at a national or an international level for example;
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Feedback from Kareem Momand and Ashiq Rahman
Commentary of Overview on Feedback Received
References/Bibliography
PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations. 2014. PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations. [ONLINE] Available at: http://phet.colorado.edu/. [Accessed 15 May 2014].

IEA: The Circular Flow of Money: Chart 3 . 2014. IEA: The Circular Flow of Money: Chart 3 . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.iea-macro-economics.org/circle3.html. [Accessed 15 May 2014].

What Is Multimedia Learning? (with picture). 2014. What Is Multimedia Learning? (with picture). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-multimedia-learning.htm. [Accessed 15 May 2014].

Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. 2014. Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.wolframalpha.com/. [Accessed 15 May 2014].

Pegrum, Mark, 2013. Unit Outline. EDUC1104 A World of Mobile Learning, [Online]. Learning Outcomes 2,3,6 & 7 and Learning Objectives, 55. Available at: http://www.lms.uwa.edu.au [Accessed 15 May 2014].

dcaulf. (2012). AC and DC power: Voltage Lesson 2 of 2 . [Online Video]. 22 January. Available from: [Accessed: 15 May 2014].
These are the few given example as mentioned
From the comments I see that my personal approach on my educational studies is very similar to that of theirs with the difference being only that Kareem prefers have a greater degree of emphasis on social constructivist learning and Ashiq Rahman prefers me to have a more information transmission approach to the engineering science major. Both views are fine but I prefer to have all forms of approach and all are equally important. For this reason there's no real need to modify my suggest education approach since we're pretty much almost in the same boat of view.
Karim
: I noticed that his educational approach is more along the mainstream of learning for oneself then discuss it with the others. I almost equally share his view too except the fact that I emphasise more on social constructivist learning approach. I agree with his 5 tools of learning. Overall the slides were great and quite informative.

Ashiq
: I found the slides to be well layed out, quite informative and also it well relates to my engineering major. I agree with most of his points except that he may rely a bit too much on social or virtual learning approach which may not always prove to be 100% correct compared to when learning off by book or asking the tutor. Nevertheless all 3 mentioned educational approaches are equally important.



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