Waypoints along learning journeys in a mobile world

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Sharples, Mike (2016). Waypoints along learning journeys in a mobile world. In: Ng, Wan and Cumming, Therese M. eds. Sustaining Mobile Learning: Theory, Research and Practice. Routledge Research in Higher Education. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 43–56.

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We consider how mobile and ubiquitous technologies support learning journeys with particular reference to significant landmarks that may sustain learning over long periods of time. For most people, educational advancement is largely determined by life stages and professional requirements amounting to educational episodes that have definite end points based on recognized achievements. In addition, events occurring in life and work, as well as personal interests and passions, initiate episodes of learning that may be more open-ended, but could be recognized and rewarded. In this chapter we explore elements of formal and informal learning with special consideration of significant points on a learner’s journey when learning progress may be tracked and encouraged, and outcomes may be noticed, assessed or shared. The context for this is a world in which mobile devices support mobility in all its senses, but where barriers still constrain mobility in practice.

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