What’s Happening in ‘Their Space’?

Jane Andrews, Mark Jones, Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), Oct 27, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This item was shared by Grainne Conole and Ana Cristina Pratas on Facebook, so I took a look, but must honestly confess to muttering "come on, really?" a lot while reading this item.The full content, in one sentence: they looked at how students use their mobile devices in a regular university class, found they mostly had one with them, used them to take pictures of flipcharts, and resisted efforts by teachers to enlist them as learning tools in the classroom. These are good points and worth a short blog post. But they are buried and rendered opaque in a traditional academic article. Instead of a mostly irrelevant literature review, the authors would have more helpfully summarized Green and Hannon’s (2007) research, which motivated their study. Instead we are told almost nothing; the relevant information only appears in the conclusion, where the contrasting ideas of 'their space' and 'our space' is discussed. I wish there had been links to primary materials (transcripts, etc), which would have been more helpful than the authors' heavily theory-laden summaries and interpretations.

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