Designing for informal and lifelong learning
This research theme investigates the application of mobile devices and social media to augment, support and transform learning. The nature of learning is being enhanced by mobile devices and the networks and media to which they connect people. Consequently, there is a need to re-examine approaches to the design of and research into learning experiences that incorporate mobile phones within learning contexts. This research theme draws on two key initiatives. Firstly, educational design research is an approach that tends to have interventionist characteristics, is process oriented and contributes to theory building. Secondly, an educational problem that mobile learning tries to solve is the design of augmented contexts for development and learning; these place context as a core construct that enables collaborative, location-based, mobile device mediated problem solving where learners generate their own context for learning. We take a pedagogically driven approach to investigating learning across a variety of contexts (e.g. HE, schools, work-based) using such innovations as augmented reality, location based services and the affordances of mobile devices and social media in general. More info
The LTRI is involved in a number of European and nationally funded research
projects. Our role in these projects ranges from design and development
to expert evaluation. A list of current
and completed projects can be found here.
Last updated 24 April 2012
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