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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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Contributors Claire Bradley is a Research Fellow at the Learning Technology Research Institute at London Metropolitan University. She has a Masters degree in Interactive Multimedia from The Royal College of Art. For the past 12 years she has worked on a number of UK and European research projects involved in eLearning, online communities, multimedia and in the general application and evaluation of digital technologies in teaching and learning. Her recent work focuses on mobile learning. She has co-authored a number of journal articles and papers in these areas. John Cook is Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning at the Learning Technology Research Institute, London Metropolitan University. He has a cross-university role of E-Learning Project Leader. In addition, he has published widely in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning, having a specific interest in five related areas: informal learning, mobile learning, appropriation, user generated contexts and ICT Leadership and Innovation. For more details see http://homepages.north.londonmet.ac.uk/~cookj/ Christine Dearnley is Senior Lecturer and University Learning and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bradford, UK. Christine has a keen interest and a comprehensive research portfolio in learning and assess- ment for health and social care practitioners. Her early work was applied to open and distance learning and this led to her current interest in the potential of eLearning and more recently mobile learning, in helping stu- dents learn how to learn. She has published widely on the components of independent learning and the implications for students, tutors and the NHS; Independent learning and...

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