Thursday, 5 August 2010

Free report on Education in the Wild: geo-located mobile learning

For all you mLearning lovers out there, there is a clearly written, informative and inspiring report (56 pages) on location-based contextual mobile learning (mostly across Europe). The report is just published and it is edited by Liz Fitzgerald - Brown from the University of Nottingham and Mike Sharples has written the foreword.

The report follows on from a 2-day workshop funded by the STELLAR Network of Excellence as part of their 2009 Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series. Contributors to this report have provided examples of innovative and exciting research projects and practical applications for mobile learning in a location-sensitive setting, including the sharing of good practice and the key findings that have resulted from this work. There is also a debate about whether location-based and contextual learning results in shallower learning strategies and a section detailing the future challenges for location-based learning.

The 56-page PDF is available FREE for download here. The report also has an amazing set of references embedded.

There’s some really nice work in the report, including case studies from maths, geography, psychology, architecture, Geocaching, zoo education and ethical issues with location-based mobile learning. It’s a fantastic resource for the community, providing a good introduction into the issues surrounding location-based learning.

So rush over and download the report to your mobile, or other device, and have a good read! And of course, also share any experience you might have with location-based mLearning. I am always eager to learn from you all!