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USING UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM (U-LEARNING)

Ana-Maria Chisega-Negrila, Luiza Kraft

Abstract

This paper aims to describe a relatively new learning paradigm, known as ubiquitous learning or u-learning; its name derives from the support it receives from the ubiquitous computing technologies. The paper also intends to provide some fundamental information related to u-learning with application in the ESP courses in the Romanian military. 

Ubiquitous learning or u-learning is a relatively new learning paradigm; it is about the learning process keeping abreast of the latest technologies to be incorporated in the material support of courses. These last decades English language learning has seen an unprecedented development insofar as methods, technologies and their support are concerned. We have witnessed the fast shift from the traditional learning methods and means to e-learning, and further on to m-learning. Now we are shifting to u-learning.

What has made these learning concepts possible is the boom of handheld devices, all networked and available worldwide, in all environments (both private and professional), keeping in mind that one of the many definitions of u-learning is `anywhere and anytime learning`.

Another aim of this paper is to highlight the advantages and disadvantages u-learning can offer to students, by looking into the benefits or flaws this kind of learning may ultimately result in. 


Keywords

ubiquitous computing; ubiquitous learning; u-learning; e-learning; m-learning

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