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Title: Potential of SoundCloud for mobile learning in music education: a pilot study


Author: Heather J.S. Birch


Address: Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada


Abstract: This article considers a mobile application known as SoundCloud in light of its potential for use in music education contexts. In relation to four affordances of effective mobile learning tools, and situated learning theory, the benefits of making learning mobile, contextual, and visible are explored. A survey of 19 music students provides a window into their experience of mobile learning within the context of a high school music course. The purpose of this pilot study is to consider whether a specific application of mobile learning, i.e. SoundCloud, is appropriate for use in high school music education.


Keywords: music education; SoundCloud; cloud computing; mobile learning; m-learning; situated learning; high schools.


DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2017.10001727


Int. J. of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2017 Vol.11, No.1, pp.30 - 40


Submission date: 04 Mar 2016
Date of acceptance: 08 Sep 2016
Available online: 03 Dec 2016



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