Challenges in evaluating mobile learning

Vavoula, Glasemi N. and Sharples, Mike (2008). Challenges in evaluating mobile learning. In: Proceedings of MLearn 2008: The bridge from text to context, 7-10 Oct 2008, Shropshire, UK.



We propose six challenges in evaluating mobile learning: capturing and analysing learning in context and across contexts, measuring mobile learning processes and outcomes, respecting learner/participant privacy, assessing mobile technology utility and usability, considering the wider organisational and socio-cultural context of learning, and assessing in/formality. A three-level framework for evaluating mobile learning is presented, comprising a micro level concerned with usability, a meso level concerned with the learning experience, and a macro level concerned with integration within existing educational and organisational contexts. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the framework meets the evaluation challenges and with suggestions for further extensions.

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