Ubiquitous learning vs. the value of boundaries: reflections on five years of 'innovation in education'

Carlo Perrotta

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This paper offers a reflective account of the relationship between innovation and ubiquitous learning in education. The paper argues that the tendency towards removing all boundaries which lies at heart of ‘ubiquitous learning’ certainly offers visionary promises, but it might also lead to a condition characterised by the absence of all structuring elements. At the level of the individual learner, this condition might result in a sense of fragmentation and to a focus on safety and emotional well-being. At an institutional level it might legitimise a drive towards very reductive forms of accountability, in which technology is used mainly for surveillance and behaviour control. The paper proposes that the boundaries of educational technology should be acknowledged and further investigated, in order to identify practical strategies that strengthen, rather than dilute, the agency of learners in ubiquitous learning landscapes, by tracing clear distinctions and demarcations which can structure their experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Ubiquitous Learning
Subtitle of host publication6th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011, Palermo, Italy, September 20-23, 2011 Proceedings
EditorsCarlos Delgado Kloos, Denis Gillet, Raquel M. Crespo García, Fridolin Wild
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783642239854
ISBN (Print)9783642239847
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) 2011 - Palermo, Italy
Duration: 20 Sept 201123 Sept 2011
Conference number: 6th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-23985-4 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) 2011
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2011
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  • Boundaries
  • Innovation
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Ubiquitous

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