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Capturing Mobile Learning in Context

, , Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Global Learn, in Limerick, Ireland Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The increasing adoption of technologies in people’s daily activities has contributed to popularising the notion of mobile learning. However, in order to establish whether people seize the opportunity for "anytime, anywhere" learning, we need to assert what they actually do when they use a mobile device. This paper examines four methods that can be used to collect data regarding learners themselves and their technology usage in the context of their daily lives, namely 1. surveys, 2. the experience sampling method, 3. the day reconstruction method and 4. automated logging, pointing to limitations that hinder our understanding of users’ context. It explores previous efforts of combining some of these methods, to finally conclude that the solution may lie in combining all of them into the one we call Flexible Activity Reconstruction (FAR), that would provide a more comprehensive way of collecting data to examine the technology usage of mobile learners.


Tseloudi, C. & Arnedillo-Sánchez, I. (2016). Capturing Mobile Learning in Context. In Proceedings of Global Learn-Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 511-516). Limerick, Ireland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .


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