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Researching Mobile Learning

Vavoula, Giasemi / Pachler, Norbert / Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (eds)

Researching Mobile Learning

Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs

Year of Publication: 2009

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. XXX, 367 pp., 25 ill., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-03911-832-8 br.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.540 kg, 1.190 lbs

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Book synopsis

Learning with mobile technologies is an emerging field with a developing research agenda and many questions surrounding the suitability of traditional research methods to investigate and evaluate the new learning experiences associated with mobility and support for increasingly informal learning. This book sets out the issues and requirements for mobile learning research, and presents recent efforts to specify appropriate theoretical frameworks, research methods and tools. Through their accounts of particular mobile learning projects, leading researchers in the field present their experiences and approaches to key aspects of mobile learning research such as data capture and analysis, and offer structured guidance and suggestions on adopting and extending these approaches.


Contents: Diana Laurillard: Foreword – Norbert Pachler: Research Methods in Mobile and Informal Learning: Some Issues – Mike Sharples: Methods for Evaluating Mobile Learning – D.W. Livingstone: Basic Research on Lifelong Learning: Recent Survey Findings and Reflections on «Capturing» Informal Learning – Phillip Kent: In the Workplace: Learning as Articulation Work, and Doing Articulation Work to Understand Learning – Norbert Pachler/John Cook/Claire Bradley: «I Don’t Really See It»: Whither Case-based Approaches to Understanding Off-site and On-campus Mobile Learning? – Daisy Mwanza-Simwami: Using Activity-Oriented Design Methods (AODM) to Investigate Mobile Learning – Daniel Spikol: Exploring Novel Learning Practices through Co-Designing Mobile Games – Cristina Ros i Sole: The Fleeting, the Situated and the Mundane: Ethnographic Approaches to Mobile Language Learning (MALL) – John Traxler: Mobile Learning Evaluation: The Challenge of Mobile Societies – Mark van ‘t Hooft: Researching Informal and Mobile Learning: Leveraging the Right Resources – Mark A.M. Kramer: The Case for MobileHCI and Mobile Design Research Methods in Mobile and Informal Learning Contexts – Eva Mayr/Kristin Knipfer/Daniel Wessel: In-Sights into Mobile Learning: An Exploration of Mobile Eye Tracking Methodology for Learning in Museums – Anthony Lelliott: Using Personal Meaning Mapping to Gather Data on School Visits – Jocelyn Dodd: The Generic Learning Outcomes: A Conceptual Framework for Researching Learning in Informal Learning Environments – Jon Trinder/Scott Roy/Jane Magill: Using Automatic Logging to Collect Information on Mobile Device Usage for Learning – Christine Dearnley/Stuart Walker: Mobile Enabled Research – Patrick McAndrew/Steve Godwin/Andreia Santos: Research 2.0: How Do We Know about the Users that Do Not Tell Us Anything? – Palmyre Pierroux: Newbies and Design Research: Approaches to Designing a Learning Environment using Mobile and Social Technologies – Esra Wali/Martin Oliver/Niall Winters: Are They Doing What They Think They’re Doing? Tracking and Triangulating Students’ Learning Activities and Self Reports – Giasemi Vavoula: Issues and Requirements for Mobile Learning Research – Agnes Kukulska-Hulme: Conclusions: Future Directions in Researching Mobile Learning.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Giasemi Vavoula is RCUK Academic Fellow in Learning and Visitor Studies at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK.
Norbert Pachler is Reader in Education and Co-director of the Centre for Excellence in Work-based Learning for Education Professionals at the Institute of Education, London.
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK. Since 2001, she has led several projects on mobile learning innovation in the UK.


«(...) this book represents a valuable resource for mobile learning researchers, and I would highly recommend it to all those working in this field. It should certainly be in the library of any institution where mobile learning research takes place.» (David Parsons, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning)