Designing Contextualized Learning

Marcus Specht

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    Contextualized and ubiquitous learning are relatively new research areas that combine the latest developments in ubiquitous and context aware computing with pedagogical approaches relevant to structure more situated and context aware learning support. Searching for different backgrounds of mobile and contextualized learning authors have identified the relations between existing educational paradigms and new classes of mobile appli- cations for education (Naismith, Lonsdale, Vavoula, & Sharples, 2004). Furthermore best practices of mobile learning applications have been iden- tified and discussed in focused workshops (Stone, Alsop, Briggs, & Tomp- sett, 2002; Tatar, Roschelle, Vahey, & Peunel, 2002). Especially in the area of educational field trips (Equator Project, 2003; RAFT, 2003) in the last years innovative approaches for intuitive usage of contextualized mo- bile interfaces have been developed. The following paper describes the motivation and background for con- textualizing learning and illustrates the implementation of a service based and flexible learning toolkit developed in the RAFT project for supporting contextualized collaborative learning support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook on Information Technologies for Education and Training
    EditorsHeimo H. Adelsberger, Kinshuk, Jan Martin Pawlowski, Demetrios G. Sampson
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540741558
    ISBN (Print)9783540741541, 9783642093487
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    SeriesInternational Handbooks on Information Systems


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    • learning


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