This survey constitutes the first data collection phase of my MSc dissertation – Learning on the Move. It will take about 15 minutes to complete. I am using John Urry’s ( 2007) concepts of network capital and interspaces as well as Kaufmann et al.’s (2004) concept of motility to explore how students learn as they move between formal and informal learning spaces. This first phase is to get an overview of how students organize their everyday life to incorporate the learning activities required for their e-learning course. This involves questions of the location(s) they use to study or reflect on learning (in the home, at work, libraries, cafes, in transit on trains, cars etc); the tools they use to support their learning (such as books, notebooks, laptop, smartphone etc.); and what resources they use (including tutors, virtual resources, friends, fellow students, other networks etc.). I am particularly interested in how much learning activity (if any) occurs ‘on the move’ – as you weave thinking time for learning between family and work.
The second phase of the study will explore these issues in more depth using an ethnographic approach with a small group of students in London (where I live). At the end of this survey, London students will be asked if they are willing to take part in this second phase.
References Kaufmann, Vincent, Bergman, Manfred Max and Joye, Dominique (2004) Motility: Mobility as Capital, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol 28.4, December, pp; 745-756 Urry, John (2007) Mobilities, Polity Press: Cambridge.
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