Many institutions use QR codes. At the Cornell Plantations at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), they have put QR codes next to many wild flowers. When a person uses his/her smartphone to scan the wild flower QR code, the person hears a poem that mentions that wild flower. Even though the person is outside in the “wild” area, he/she can appreciate both the flower and the poetry. At the Etioje Museum in Indianapolis, they have a guitar exhibit; many of the musicians pictures or actual guitars have a poster with a picture, words and a number next to them. The person borrows a smartphone from the museum and clicks on a specific number to watch a video about a musician or hear a specific guitar being played.
Some things that happen during this institutional mlearning:
- At both places, the visitor becomes involved in his/her personal mlearning.
- Each person decides what he/she wants to learn within the specific category. At the Plantations, the visitor selects which flowers he/she will scan. The person may skip the QR code for any given flower.
- The visitor can listen/ watch any video as much as he/she wants. A person may only view a few seconds of the video or the person may re-watch the video many times.
- Each person selects the order of his/her mlearning; at the guitar exhibit, a person may focus on the musicians in a specific time order or a person can randomly sample any musician.
- Each person does his/her own comparisons/contrasts with previous musicians or guitars; when couples or group of people travel together through the exhibit, they often share their comparisons/contrasts.
- Each new learning object broadens the learning or provides more in-depth details. For example, the guitar exhibit covers many different types of guitar music while it also explains in-depth the development of the electric guitar.
- A visitor experiences variety and diversity such as the many different flowers at the Plantation Wildlife area while, at the same time, he/she encounters a wholistic view of the category of wild flowers.
- Each place has a visual, print words and spoken words/videos so the visitor employs different modalities of learning.
- Each person learns at his/ her own pace. A person may linger over a certain flower while his/ her partner goes ahead.
- Each person learns, not with a frown on his/her face, but with a smile.
How does this mlearning compare to mlearning in your school?
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