New Book: Seamless Learning - Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities
Over the last year I had the great opportunity to work with Chee Kit Looi, Lungs Hsiang Wong, and Su Cai on a new Book about Seamless Learning. This book is a follow up on previous book and it includes 10 interesting chapters that address new insights from research and practice about applying seamless learning in education and offers a much-needed update on seamless learning, reflecting the research and development advances in recent years.
Last week I received the information that it is now available online and as a harcover.
This book introduces readers to the latest state of research and development in seamless learning. It consolidates various approaches to and practices in seamless learning from a range of techno-pedagogical, socio-situated and socio-cultural perspectives. Further, it details our current understanding of learning in both formal and informal settings, crossover learning, incidental learning, and context-based learning approaches, together with these aspects' linkages to the notion of seamlessness. (from Springer)
The new book helps to understand the educational challenges that become increasingly urgent with the new role of context that is superimposed on education through modern technologies. The perspectives of the chapters show the wider implications of contexts for learning and education beyond mobile technologies. I find the chapters particularly interesting because they highlight that context actively influences learning and is not just a passive backdrop.
Working on the book also helped me to refine and broaden my understanding about seamless learning as an educational design principle. This is not a simple extension of what has been traditionally practiced in education, but raises new aspects that are hidden in previous models and concepts. Considering the role of context in education can definitely enrich learning experiences, but it can be challenging to balance contextual experiences. The book helps to master this extended view on educational design and practice.