Building the mobile Hub: mobile literacies and the construction of a complex academic text

Barden, Owen (2017) Building the mobile Hub: mobile literacies and the construction of a complex academic text. Literacy. ISSN 17414350 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

This paper contributes a definition of mobile literacies, with specific reference to higher education. This is worthwhile because although mobile, internet-enabled devices are increasingly prevalent in many people's lives, mobile literacies appear to be under-theorised and lacking definition. After giving an overview of the scale and nature of mobile device use, the paper develops the definition through building on an existing body of work which seeks to define literacies, digital literacies and mobile learning. The definition takes account of the mobility of technology, of learners, and of learning in current HE contexts. A systematic multimodal analysis of a complex undergraduate text, in the form of a conference-style poster, is then undertaken in order to exemplify the definition offered. The analysis attends to both the semiotic resources exploited by the text's author and the wider context the text is created within. Interview data complements that constructed through analysis of the text itself. Combining these two data sources reveals the ideational, interpersonal and textual/organisational meanings communicated by the text, and how mobility is a factor which is fundamental to the literacy practices employed by the author to convey these meanings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the accepted peer reviewed version of the following article: [Barden, Owen (2017) Building the mobile Hub: mobile literacies and the construction of a complex academic text. FULL CITE], which will be published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Keywords: Mobile, multimodality, technology, learning, semiotics, literacy, literacies, higher education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Owen Barden
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 15:01
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 15:01
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2076

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