Title: Studying the implications and impact of smartphones on self-directed learning under a Living Lab approach

Authors: Mauricio Camargo; Raphael Bary; Nathalie Skiba; Vincent Boly; Richard Smith

Addresses: ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs, Université de Lorraine, 8, Rue Bastien Lepage, B.P. 647, F-54010 Nancy, France. ' ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs, Université de Lorraine, 8, Rue Bastien Lepage, B.P. 647, F-54010 Nancy, France. ' ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs, Université de Lorraine, 8, Rue Bastien Lepage, B.P. 647, F-54010 Nancy, France. ' ERPI - Equipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs, Université de Lorraine, 8, Rue Bastien Lepage, B.P. 647, F-54010 Nancy, France. ' Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, V6B 5K3, Canada

Abstract: Widespread diffusion of mobile learning applications in recent years raises several questions on the dynamics of learning processes and learner profiles. This paper examines smartphone-based learning processes and the main factors influencing them. The paper also examines the potential contribution of Self-Directed Learning (SDL), and how it could support mobile learning processes. A framework for mobile-based learning is proposed as a step towards the development of a living lab-based experimental protocol. This research highlights the first of several SDL application lifecycle steps: the elaboration of mobile learning content including the integration of the future users in this design process through a living labs approach.

Keywords: innovation; living laboratory; mobile learning; m-learning; SDL; self-directed learning; smartphones; learner profiles; living labs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2012.051151

International Journal of Product Development, 2012 Vol.17 No.1/2, pp.119 - 138

Available online: 23 Dec 2012 *

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