Ubiquitous Learning International Award for Excellence

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 10

Exploring the Limitations of Face-to-Face Instruction through Blogging: An Emergent Exploration in a Teacher Education Program

Despite a very successful first four years as a teacher educator, it became clearly evident that face-to-face learning had limitations. Of particular note was the vacuum of isolation that existed in between weekly class sessions, where students and instructor had limited opportunities to discuss and explore course issues. Hence, the world of online blogging, a form of asynchronous communication in between classes, organically developed as an attractive pedagogical tool. Through emergent research designs rooted in action research, reflective practice, and self-study of teacher education practices, this paper will explore my experience incorporating online blogging while teaching twelve courses in a Canadian teacher preparation program over a two-year period. Through numerous communication mediums with my students, I discovered that online blogging cultivated (a) student engagement and motivation for learning, and (b) the building of relationships through interactive virtual communities. In sum, I believe that an online blogging component in any face-to-face course creates an inclusive model of education that affords both teachers and students a blended curriculum that is dynamic, flexible, and engaging

Past Award Winners

Volume 9

Ubiquitous Learning behind the Great Firewall: Transforming the English Major at Shantou University

Thomas J. Haslam, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.9-20

Volume 8

A Proposed Taxonomy of Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives of Mobile Applications to Support Ubiquitous Learning

Ronnie Shroff, Christopher Keyes and Warren S. Linger, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.23-44

Volume 5

Introduction to an Ubiquitous Learning Model to Assess the Ubiquity Level in Higher Education Institutions

Claudia Maria Zea Restrepo, Juan Guillermo Lalinde Pulido, Roberto Aguas, Gloria Patricia Toro Perez and Camilo Vieira Mejia, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.1-15

Volume 2

Anywhere, Anytime - Creating a Mobile Indigenous Language Platform

Tabitha McKenzie, Rāwiri Toia and Hiria McRae, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.167-178

Volume 1

Tech Pushers: Making Administrators into Tech Integration Facilitators

Larry Taylor, Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.33-38