More notspots than hotspots: strategies for undertaking networked learning in the real world

Gaved, Mark; Mulholland, Paul; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Collins, Trevor and Scanlon, Eileen (2010). More notspots than hotspots: strategies for undertaking networked learning in the real world. In: mLearn 2010 9th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, 20-22 Oct 2010, Valetta, Malta.

Abstract

Much of the mobile learning literature implies that connectivity between devices can be taken for granted. This is not clearly not true with patchy network coverage and variable signal strength even in well developed urban areas. In this paper, we describe strategies devised for overcoming the challenges of variable connectivity quality to ensure mobile learning in authentic field locations and also bridging contexts (home, school, work). We consider three approaches: the use of Wi-Fi, 3G phone networks, and working locally with post-activity synchronisation. We conclude with recommendations for practitioners and researchers.

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