Conference Papers

“I wouldn't be able to graduate if it wasn't for my mobile phone.” Mobile literacies and the construction of complex academic texts in Higher Education

This paper draws on a case study of one student’s mobile phone use in higher education. I focus on the student’s use of the mobile phone to produce complex academic texts, using data drawn from extended video-interviews and comprehensive multimodal textual analysis. In doing so, I aim to illuminate mobile learning and literacy practices which are likely to be widespread, given the near-ubiquity and prosthetic quality of mobile, internet-enabled devices, yet which are not currently well understood by teachers or researchers. Discussion of mobile learning and literacies is becoming increasingly widespread, yet these terms are surprisingly ill-defined; through building on an existing body of work which seeks to define literacies, digital literacies and mobile learning, I propose a definition of mobile literacies as pertains to higher education. The definition takes account of the mobility of technology, of learners, and of learning in current HE contexts. I use this definition and my empirical data to begin to theorise the role of mobility in the student’s learning and consider implications for pedagogy.

Barden, O. (2017) '“I wouldn't be able to graduate if it wasn't for my mobile phone.” Mobile literacies and the construction of complex academic texts in Higher Education', paper presented to The 13th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), 29–30 June, viewed 09 August 2020, <https://educationstudies.org.uk/?p=7203>