Innovative Arts-Based Learning Approaches adapted for Mobile Learning

Beth Perry, Margaret Edwards


Online learning continues to evolve from computer-based learning to more focus on mobile learning. With this evolution comes the need to develop (and evaluate) instructional strategies effective in mobile learning. This work-in-progress features a description of four innovative instructional strategies adapted from approaches we developed, used, and evaluated successfully in computer-based online learning. These newly adapted strategies –poetweet, photo pairing, reflective mosaic, and the six-word story– all use arts-based approaches. In our past research we found similar strategies developed for online teaching encouraged interaction, enhanced social presence, and facilitated community. This paper features a description of these modified learning activities recreated for the mobile learning environment. We have completed preliminary testing of these newly revised learning activities in m-learning, and in the future we will formally study these to determine if arts-based strategies revised to suit m-learning create the same positive outcomes as were found when we used arts-based approaches in e-learning.


mobile learning, e-learning, arts-based instructional strategies, interaction, social presence, community of inquiry

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