Title: Extracting and expressing experience with mobile learning: lessons learned

Authors: Anna Wingkvist, Morgan Ericsson

Addresses: School of Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics, Linnaeus University, VaxjO, Sweden. ' Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: Many published results in the field of mobile learning focus on isolated technology solutions or a specific trial rather than to reflect on the overall work practice and development process of whole initiative/s. Exchanging knowledge from past experiences is often done informally between researchers in mobile learning. Making the knowledge gained explicit is of great value, as it can provide a pre-understanding for others. This paper analyses and reflects on three mobile learning initiatives with respect to how these address technology, context and stakeholders. From this, six lessons are extracted: reuse as much as possible, consider how to work around bad/broken network connections, do not underestimate the need for data management, take advantage of situated learning, evaluate to validate the result and identify and include all stakeholders. These lessons can serve as considerations for researchers when undertaking new initiatives in mobile learning.

Keywords: development process; sharing experiences; lessons learned; mobile learning; reflections; m-learning; reuse; network connections; data management; situated learning; evaluation; stakeholders.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.037538

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.4, pp.428 - 439

Published online: 15 Dec 2010 *

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