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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Amir Mo (Mokhtarzadeh)
I am currently at the final stages of my PhD studies at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) researching into socio-cultural factors in education in China. I have worked as divisional leader, senior lecturer, ILT (Information Learning Technology) coordinator, ICT consultant, and research assistant. Coming from a mixed cultural background helped me in building experiences in inter-cultural communication especially in China which is reflected in my PhD thesis with the major parts in ethnography. I am very interested in Globalisation, identity, inter-cultural discourse and power. I am also interested in how portability in ICT can be used to support educational practices and contribute to personalised learning.
Portability in ICT
BERA - Sep 2009
The purpose of this paper is to probe more deeply into issues associated with the current portability of ICT and its effect on our practice. The portability in ICT is often assumed to refer to a moveable device such as a laptop, PDA, mobile phone and in some cases a pen drive. A broader definition for mobile device is achieved by categorising it on the two dimensions of personal vs shared and portable vs static (Naismith, Lonsdale, Vavoula, & Sharples, 2004). Currently these approaches to the concept of portability of mobile devices are limited to their design and functionality, which can result in a number of threats to access and privacy. Rusinkiewicz (1999), identified many problems with mobile technology such as security and anonymity, support for location, platform and application development methodology & Language. Still some of those problems are especially pertinent for policy and gate keepers in education organizations (Somekh, 2007). My own experiences, from using ICT in teaching during my recent field work in China, reflects the emerging need for personalised and portable use of ICT during our jobs, as teachers, researchers or students.
Although there is much research regarding the impact of mobile technology in shifting and transforming learning, but not many in the field of portability of ICT as the technology for this approach became available recently. On the other hand Open Source software has only recently been considered as an alternative solution in UK schools(Amant & Still, 2007)
From my experimental project challenging problems I experienced with using ICT, connectivity and locality in China during my field work, I developed the idea of separating software and hardware. In addition to physical mobility in ICT, accessibility across applications and platforms is playing an important role (Yull, Stump, & Rogers, 2004). This will enable users to construct a completely personal ICT space contain from Operating System to Application Programs, from Internet Participation to all required security packages, all working individually and independently to the host computer's Operating System. Hence you will not required for any technical knowledge. There are also no additional implications such as required plug-ins or access(such as with 'remote pc' or 'on-line documents').
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