Thursday, 1 March 2012

The case for TALWK?

The case for Teaching and Learning with Kindles (TALWK) is not clear cut or absolute. Most research in this area has not been without bias as it may be linked to marketing and promotion.

This unique independent theoretical research conducted at London South Bank University, (LSBU) seems to show a clear academic preference for considering using a preloaded Kindle type tablet e-reader,  as part of the blended learning portfolio toolkit to improve the student experience. However the response rate is under a quarter of the academic population so further research may clarify or even contradict these initial findings.

This research is also a one-sided academic view as the students have not been asked the same questions to see if they have the same preference. The hypothesis needs further unbiased testing to establish a two-way independent case for the use of paperless e-pearl technology as part of a blended learning programme of education.

The case for Kindle use, educational Kindle content, copyright, sustainability, procurement, ICT support, timed –released data, back-up and ownership is confused but transparent. These are areas for development which may present some limitations and opportunities for new business and innovation in a new and growing market of materials, technology and resources in education.

This work is based on the original monochrome Kindle tablet device which could be a possible sustainable replacement for paper documents. This device, with its enhanced support for mobile document storage, viewing, searching and audio playback, may not only support normal blended learning, but may support some visual disabilities and dyslexia. 

Today with different versions of the Kindle formats available and competing tablet technology, the original Kindles are not the only option of e-reader. Most tablet devices could give the possibility of a core mainstream educational platform to support teaching, learning and engage students in a better and more rewarding educational student experience. 

As innovation in e-reader technology increases, the cost of hardware and content will continue to fall as availability of e-reader content becomes more accessible, easy to find and lower cost.

To read the full transcripts of the finding please go to the item below

1 comment:

  1. thanks for publishing this Alan. Came across your blog via the Guardian article on the US / Amazon hookup and subsequent unhooking. I am founder of a mobile learning startup, and would be very interested to meet up if you have time. My address is lemez 9 at gmail dot com
    Thanks and kind regards