Digital Learning Environments Frank Thissen
Digital Learning Environments
Through the intensive spread of mobile devices with Internet access, such as smartphones or tablets, new prospects for learning, independent of location and time are created. Learning in the mobile era presumes the interaction with other learners, tutors, and experts with the help of social media. This expands learning in traditional arrangements and makes the learner a co-creator of knowledge, e.g. through web 2.0 technology. Thereby, opportunities are shaped to allow learners examine complex contents in authentic situations.
Through a multitude of collaboration and research with schools and universities, we investigate in the range of possibilities of the so-called mobile learning, for years already. Here, the central ongoing questions concern how learning activities can be aligned with the help of mobile gadgets, and which interfaces (the visualization of the various functionalities of the mobile devices) are most appropriate.