Design principles for heutagogical learning: Implementing student-determined learning with mobile and social media tools

  • Vickel Narayan Centre for Learning And Teaching Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6833-706X
  • Jan Herrington Emeritus Professor | School of Education Murdoch University, Australia
  • Thom Cochrane Auckland University of Technology
Keywords: social media, heutagogy, mobile learning, authentic learning, pedagogy 2.0

Abstract

Mobile and social media over the last decade has created significant shifts in society: how we communicate and collaborate, and in learning and teaching. This paper discusses a study that investigated how mobile social media tools and affordances could be harnessed to facilitate a student-determined learning experience (heutagogy). A design-based research (DBR) approach was utilised to analyse and investigate a set of draft design principles that was established in collaboration with a group of teachers and literature. The draft design principles guided the design of a first year course that was iteratively implemented and evaluated over 2 years with two different cohorts of students. As a key outcome of the DBR, a set of refined design principles is presented. These principles are capable of guiding other practitioners in designing and facilitating student-determined learning in authentic contexts using mobile devices, and social media affordances.

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Author Biographies

Vickel Narayan, Centre for Learning And Teaching Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Vickel Narayan a learning and teaching consultant at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) at the Auckland University of Technology. Previously, Vickel was an Academic Advisor (eLearning) at Unitec Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2011. He has a keen interest in Web 2.0 technologies and its potential to engage students and teachers in the teaching and learning process. Vickel is particularly interested in exploring mobile Web 2.0 tools for creating, nurturing and maintaining virtual communities, social connectedness, fostering social constructivism, student generated context and context.

Formerly, I was an Academic Advisor at Unitec Institute of Technology.

Jan Herrington, Emeritus Professor | School of Education Murdoch University, Australia

Emeritus Professor | School of Education
Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA 6150 AUSTRALIA

Thom Cochrane, Auckland University of Technology

Academic Advisor
Senior Lecturer in educational technology
Centre for Learning And Teaching
Auckland University of Technology

Published
2019-06-21
How to Cite
Narayan, V., Herrington, J., & Cochrane, T. (2019). Design principles for heutagogical learning: Implementing student-determined learning with mobile and social media tools. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 35(3). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3941
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