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Researching Mobile Learning

Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs

Edited By Giasemi Vavoula, Norbert Pachler and Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

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.


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Foreword ix Diana Laurillard About the Contributors xiii List of Figures xxv List of Tables xxvii Part I Introduction 1. Research Methods in Mobile and Informal Learning: Some Issues 1 norbert Pachler 2. Methods for Evaluating Mobile Learning 17 Mike Sharples 3. Basic Research on Lifelong Learning: Recent Survey Findings and Reflections on “Capturing” Informal Learning 41 D.W. Livingstone Part II Frameworks 4. In the Workplace: Learning as Articulation Work, and Doing Articulation Work to Understand Learning 61 Phillip Kent 5. “I Don’t Really See It”: Whither Case-based Approaches to Understanding Off-site and On-campus Mobile Learning? 77 Norbert Pachler, John Cook, Claire Bradley vi 6. Using Activity-Oriented Design Methods (AODM) to Investigate Mobile Learning 97 Daisy Mwanza-Simwami 7. Exploring Novel Learning Practices through Co-Designing Mobile Games 123 Daniel Spikol 8. The Fleeting, the Situated and the Mundane: Ethnographic Approaches to Mobile Language Learning (MALL) 137 Cristina Ros i Solé 9. Mobile Learning Evaluation: The Challenge of Mobile Societies 151 John Traxler part iii Methods 10. Researching Informal and Mobile Learning: Leveraging the Right Resources 169 Mark VAN ‘T Hooft 11. The Case for MobileHCI and Mobile Design Research Methods in Mobile and Informal Learning Contexts 181 Mark A.M. Kramer 12. In-Sights into Mobile Learning: An Exploration of Mobile Eye Tracking Methodology for Learning in Museums 189 Eva Mayr, Kristin Knipfer, Daniel Wessel 13. Using Personal Meaning Mapping to Gather Data on School Visits 205 Anthony Lelliott 14. The Generic Learning Outcomes: A Conceptual Framework for Researching Learning in Informal Learning...

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