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Advancements in technology are a significant driving force in educational innovation, but a strong focus on technology means that human aspects and implications may not be given the attention they deserve. This chapter examines usability issues surrounding the use of mobile devices in learning. A key aim is to empower educators and learners to take control of personal devices and realise their potential in relation to teaching and learning. The background section reviews the development of usability studies and explores why mobile device usability presents specific new challenges. The impact of changing requirements in education, and new visions for ways of thinking and competences that learners should be acquiring, are also examined. Finally, the chapter provides a set of concepts that can inform conversations
between educators and learners, mobile system engineers, developers, support staff, and others.
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Extra Information:||This chapter appears in the Handbook of Research on Digital Information Technologies edited by Thomas Hansson, Copyright 2008, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.|
|Keywords:||mobile learning; mobile devices; usability; teaching innovation|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Institute of Educational Technology|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)|
|Depositing User:||Agnes Kukulska-Hulme|
|Date Deposited:||06 May 2008|
|Last Modified:||04 Oct 2016 20:36|
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