Why Ubiquitous Learning Matters and How to Accomplish it with Video

Posted by Lauren Mocol on May 18, 2018
Lauren Mocol

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Education has come along way from the ‘one size fits all’ mentality, we now recognize the importance of flexible learning options that enable students with multiple pathways to achieve learning objectives. One of the ways educators are accomplishing this is through ubiquitous learning.


What is Ubiquitous Learning?


There has been a lot of talk surrounding ubiquitous learning, but what actually is it and why is it important for educators? Ubiquitous learning (also known as u-learning) is a learning theory derived from Mike Weiser’s Ubiquitous Computing Theory.  Through ubiquitous computing technology we are able to create ubiquitous learning environments, which enables anyone to learn, at any place, at any time, at their own individual pace. Whether a student is a morning or an evening person, or they have unpredictable life responsibilities, all learners should be given the same opportunity to achieve their academic goals from any location in the world.


Key Characteristics of Ubiquitous Learning and How Video Can Help



1. Permanency:

Permanency is the idea that learning materials are always available and never deleted unless decisively decided. The importance of permanency is it gives students the ability to have control of their own work. With cloud based video, instructor and student videos will always be readily available and never deleted unless cognitively decided on by the owner of the video. 


2. Accessibility: 

Accessibility in this case refers to learners having access to their documents and data from anywhere. Information should be able to be provided based on their requests. Therefore, the learning style is self-directed. Educators are accomplishing this via video lesson plans. Videos should always be available on all devices (Android, iOS, cell phones, tablets, etc), they should be able to be located with or without a strong internet connection, and must allow students to watch and rewatch sections as needed for self pacing.


3. Immediacy:  

Immediacy is the concept that wherever a student is, he/she can immediately access learning materials. With video, students have the ability to access their content at any time of day, in any place they want. This gives flexibility and freedom for the student to complete a lesson during the time of day and place they can succeed best.


4. Interactivity: 

Online collaboration with teachers and/or peers is essential for success. Instructors and students are able to work together to easily attain feedback and enable communication without being in the same place or even same time zone through integrated video commenting, quizzing, surveys, emojis, and other interactive video features.


5. Situated Instructional Activities: 

Situated Instructional Activities represents learning in context (on-site). With video, you can do situated instructional activities from anywhere in the world. You can take a pottery class from your house, you can learn Mandarin from a teacher in China, and you can show your geology findings to your professor right on-site with your mobile device.  This enables the student to flourish in any subject right where they are, bringing the ‘on-site’ experience directly to them.


6. Adaptability:

Adaptability means getting the right information at the right place for the right student. Educators realize that students have different strengths and weaknesses, but creating lesson plans that allow a self paced environment can also be a challenge. With in-video quizzing instructors can have students who select the correct answer move forward and those that select the incorrect answer to be shown which portion of the video lesson explained the correct answer. This helps students correct and understand their errors as they go, instead of being overwhelmed at the end of the chapter.


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