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Enhancing outdoor learning through participatory design and development: a case study of embedding mobile learning at a field study centre

Collins, Trevor (2015). Enhancing outdoor learning through participatory design and development: a case study of embedding mobile learning at a field study centre. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI), 7(1) pp. 42–58.

URL: http://www.igi-global.com/article/enhancing-outdoo...
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.4018/ijmhci.2015010103
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Abstract

Outdoor learning seeks to engage and enthuse students through authentic practical inquiry lessons. This article explores how participatory design and development can enable outdoor learning organisations to introduce sustainable technological innovations within their teaching practices. A case study describing a collaborative project between university researchers and an environmental education charity is presented, which highlights the challenges and issues regarding the usability, scalability and sustainability of mobile technology at a residential outdoor learning centre. It is argued that participatory research with education service providers is a contributing factor to the diffusion of mobile learning and a necessary foundation for sustainable technology-enhanced learning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 IGI Global
ISSN: 1942-3918
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory (RS-12-004-SS)PR/ylr/18587The Wolfson Foundation
Keywords: outdoor learning; participatory design; portable networks; technology-enhanced learning; technology adoption.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 42475
Depositing User: Trevor Collins
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 16:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42475
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