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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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20. Issues and Requirements for Mobile Learning Research Giasemi Vavoula Overview In December 2007 the editors of this volume organised a one-day work- shop at the Centre for Work-based Learning for Education Professionals (WLE) at the Institute of Education, London, UK, to explore the issues and requirements for mobile learning research (Vavoula, Kukulska-Hulme and Pachler, 2007). The workshop included a series of keynote talks, presenta- tions, and group and plenary discussions, structured into three strands. Each strand explored one of three workshop themes: theoretical frameworks, methods, and designs for mobile learning research. The presentations in each strand were intended as stimuli for subsequent group discussions, which aimed to identify issues pertinent to the strand’s theme and to elicit requirements for future developments. This chapter summarises the main issues that emerged during the workshop. 1. Introduction With the first mobile learning research projects having appeared in the second half of the 1990s and the first international research conferences on the topic having started less than a decade ago, it should not come as a surprise that research practice in the field has not been standardised yet, in terms of research frameworks, methods and tools. Thankfully, mobile learn- ing has a lot of common ground with other fields, including Technology- Enhanced Learning and Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (other 340 Giasemi Vavoula chapters in this volume have identified these affinities, see for example Chapter 11). “Borrowing” frameworks and techniques from these areas has been common practice for early mobile learning research, and has indeed...

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