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Location-based and contextual mobile learning

Owner: Dirk Börner

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The central research question is: How can we investigate, theorise, model and support contextual learning?

This mini-study will primarily be a literature review and survey to analyse past and current developments in location-based and contextual mobile learning.  It will build upon results of recently-finished projects and also highlight those that are currently running across Europe and beyond. STELLAR participants will be asked to furnish exemplars of context-aware learning projects. In addition, mobile learning projects in which the University of Nottingham and the OUNL have been a partner will be examined in depth, to understand: the interplay between formal and informal learning and contexts, the development of frameworks and models for analysing contextual learning, and guidelines for the design of context-aware technologies for learning. The analysis will be based on an earlier meta-analysis about dimensions in designing contextual learning and mobile social software. In this mini-study this analysis is used for identifying patterns in mobile learning, which can be abstracted from the identified project examples/case studies.

The outcome of the project will be a working paper that will provide an introduction to contextual and location-based mobile learning, a source of critical reference for development of the Context Grand Challenge Theme, and a compendium of TEL applications and projects related to location-based and contextual learning. The findings of this mini study will contribute to an integrated outlook on the ‘Context’ Grand Challenge Theme and associated publications resulting from this.

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