Title: ALEX©: a mobile adult literacy experiential learning application

Authors: Joanna Lumsden, Rock Leung, Danny D'Amours, Daniel McDonald

Addresses: Aston University, Birmingham, UK. ' University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ' National Research Council of Canada, Institute for Information Technology, e-Business, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. ' National Research Council of Canada, Institute for Information Technology, e-Business, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Abstract: An alarmingly high number of adults in the world|s most developed countries are linguistically functionally illiterate. The research presented in this paper describes ALEX©, an ongoing attempt to successfully develop an innovative assistive, mobile, experiential language-learning application to support the daily literacy education and needs of such adults, anywhere, anytime. We introduce a set of guidelines we have collated to inform the design of mobile assistive technologies, introduce our application and describe the design activities to date that have led to the development of our current application. We present this overview in the hope that it is useful to others working in the fledgling domains of mobile assistive technology design and/or mobile experiential language-learning technologies.

Keywords: MLL; mobile language learning; experiential learning; functional illiteracy; assistive technology; adult literacy; mobile learning; m-learning; literacy education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.032635

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.172 - 191

Published online: 09 Apr 2010 *

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