Katsuaki Suzuki, Ph.D
Director, Research Center for Instructional Systems,
Chair and Professor, Graduate School of Instructional Systems,
Kumamoto University, JAPAN
Lung-Hsiang Wong is currently a Senior Research Scientist and the Co-Program Director of the “Learning Sciences & Innovation” Research Program, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the President of Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, and served as the Conference Chair of ICCE 2018 and International Program Chair of ICCE 2013. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. He has been working in the field of educational technology for more than 25 years, with the present research foci on mobile and seamless learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and computer-assisted language learning. Throughout the last decade, he developed one of the most well-referenced seamless learning models known as 10D-MSL (“10 Dimensions of Mobile-assisted Seamless Learning”), published three books on seamless learning (as author or editor), and spearheaded several projects to research on and develop technology-enhanced seamless science and language curricula which had later been diffused to more than 20 Singapore schools. He has published more than 200 academic papers including close to 40 SSCI/SCI-indexed journal papers, bagged nine Best or Outstanding Paper Awards at various conferences, and won APSCE Distinguished Researcher Award in 2015.
Title: Mobile Seamless Learning (MSL): What is the Conceptual and Practical Niche?
Seamless learning is “when a person experiences a continuity of learning, and consciously bridges the multifaceted learning efforts, across a combination of locations, times, technologies or social settings.” (Wong, 2015, p.10; adapted from: Sharples et al., 2012) Although seamless learning can be carried out without the use of mobile and wireless technologies, such infrastructure can enable or enhance the connectivity between learning activities (such as between formal and informal learning contexts, between individual and social learning contexts, and between physical and digital realities). Over the past 12 years, there have been a flurry of research studies that applies the emerging learning notion on K-16 and adult learning and to various disciplines (encompassing language, science, humanities, engineering and business, among others), which are underpinned by different conceptual and theoretical perspectives (techno-centric, techno-pedagogical, and socio-cultural perspectives). In this talk, I will first elaborate the decade-long seamless learning research and practices took place in Singapore as an illustration of the salient characteristics, the practicality and the challenges of implementing seamless learning. Next, I will perform an inquiry on the uniqueness of seamless learning by comparing the key features of seamless learning with the definitions and framing of other relevant learning notions or approaches, namely, blended learning, self-directed learning, self-regulated learning, lifelong learning, third space learning, free-choice learning and long-tail learning. I will also analyze how seamless learning has been hybridized with extant learning approaches in prior studies (seamless flipped learning, seamless knowledge building and seamless task-based learning) as a manifest of the versatility of the learning notion in adapting otherwise predominantly single-context learning designs for greater holisticality and flexibility.