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Designing Seamless Learning Using Role-Playing Experiences

Designing Seamless Learning Using Role-Playing Experiences
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Author(s): Sherry Jones (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, USA), Kae Novak (Front Range Community College, USA), Christopher Luchs (CCCOnline.org, USA) and Farah Bennani (CCCOnline.org, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 29
Source title: Mobile Devices in Education: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1757-4.ch024

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Abstract

This chapter examines seamless learning in the context of three case studies that incorporate role-play as a pedagogical approach to integrate contextually aware learning from the formal classroom to informal spaces both face-to face and online. The research question explored is whether role-playing design in seamless mobile learning can cultivate the learners' intrinsic motivation to engage with the course and collaborate with others. In all three case studies, a variety of technologies, such as web 2.0 and mobile devices, were employed to offer learners a seamless learning experience. The studies revealed that majority of the learners were more invested and engaged in the course experience by participating in technology-mediated role-playing activities. We conclude that role-playing should be part of the seamless learning approach, since role-playing can mediate learners' access to different knowledge areas through various perspectives, just as technology can serve as mediators in the seamless learning paradigm.

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