Supporting lifelong learners to build personal learning ecologies in daily physical spaces

Bernardo Tabuenca, Stefaan Ternier, Marcus Specht

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    This article presents the results from a questionnaire filled out by 147 lifelong learners with the aim to analyse learning practices of adults, and to recognize patterns of lifelong learners in order to support them with technology. These patterns capture the context in which lifelong learners are more willing to learn, that is, the day of the week, duration, location activity being performed, type of device being used, way to interact with their devices and how these aspects can affect when an adult student takes the initiative to learn. Likewise, this article examines previous publications on surveys, questionnaires and information collected with the same objective, to corroborate and contrast the findings. Moreover, we present a literature review on augmented tangibles for learning identifying potential contexts to orchestrate tangibles depending on the physical space where they are normally used. As an outcome of this work, important research questions are risen to integrate smart learning objects in learner-centred ecologies of resources
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)177-196
    Number of pages20
    JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
    Issue number3/4
    Early online date14 Oct 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • mobile usage patterns
    • lifelong learning
    • personal learning ecologies
    • tangibles
    • physical spaces


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