Characteristics of Ubiquitous Learning

12 October, 2020
Today, we can learn at all times thanks to technology and mobile devices. This is what's called ubiquitous learning.

Ubiquitous learning is a way of learning made possible by ICT (information and communication technologies) and portable devices. This allows us to learn at any time and from anywhere. So, neither distance nor time can keep us from learning.

Concept and characteristics of ubiquitous learning

Thanks to the evolution of ICT and using it in the teaching and learning process, it’s possible to bring learning closer to the learners’ contexts. So, it’s possible to learn with devices, WIFI and software applications. 

In other words, the concept of ubiquitous learning refers to being able to adapt teaching to the needs and circumstances of each student. Here, you can create permanent learning processes that are more informal and not limited to any physical space.

Ubiquity is related to the possibility of being everywhere at the same time. This allows flexibility and adaptation while teaching so you can change it based on the situation, time, space and specific objectives for each student.

Characteristics of Ubiquitous Learning

An educational modality adapted to all

Ubiquitous learning is an educational model that allows anyone to learn in different circumstances. In fact, it’s the same digital environments that provide the necessary resources for teaching.

On the one hand, it complements, improves and makes formal teaching and learning processes more effective. On the other, it allows for all kinds of studies and more personal learning. All in all, it’s a method that enables lifelong learning.

What’s more, ubiquitous learning facilitates both teacher-guided and self-taught learning. This is because there are countless educational applications that make learning possible, both alone and with others. In addition, the learner-information contact is immediate. There’s also constant communication between the student and the teacher, parent, or other students.

Advantages and disadvantages of ubiquitous learning

You can’t deny that it’s essential to use technology nowadays. Also, certain conditions must exist, both material and human, that allow meaningful learning. So, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of ubiquitous learning:

Advantages

  • Accessibility. Everyone has the ability to learn from anywhere and anytime.
  • Adaptability. It’s about learning adapted to all individual conditions and situations. In fact, it’s even for people with disabilities.
  • Personalization. Because of its adaptability, ubiquitous learning is personalized to everyone’s needs, profile and interests.
  • Interactivity. It allows constant interaction with others, both synchronously and diachronically.
  • Community. It encourages the construction of online learning communities.
  • Motivation. By adapting to all circumstances, it’s more motivated learning, more related to everyone’s needs and goals.
  • Attractive. Since it occurs in virtual environments, it can be more attractive and innovative.

Disadvantages

  • You don’t need lots of resources to access this type of learning. However, you do need an internet connection and a portable device.
  • Specific digital skills. You need certain skills to know how to use the learning device.
Characteristics of Ubiquitous Learning

  • Consider its effectiveness for the ages and educational levels of all students.
  • In formal educational contexts, it’s important for teachers to have competent digital and pedagogical training. That way, they can design, develop and direct meaningful learning processes based on technology.
  • Although it’s characterized by its constant interaction with others, it’s also good for solo learning. Face-to-face contact will still help in any learning process.

Conclusion

Education and ubiquitous learning are concepts in development, and in order to achieve a ubiquitous education that generates meaningful learning, we still need a lot of work. In fact, we need to work both the technological and material point of view, as well as human and training. Still, the fact that a person can learn from anywhere in the world, at any day and time, is increasingly possible. Education supported by technology makes it possible.

Every person can learn according to their own needs and learning styles. You can learn from anywhere. Also, at the same time, you’re in contact with thousands of other people.

Therefore, learning with technology can be alone or with others. Additionally, this type of learning provides the freedom to learn at your own pace.