Thinking outside the box – A vision of ambient learning displays

Dirk Börner, Marco Kalz, Marcus Specht

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    With a focus on the situated support of informal and non-formal learning scenarios in ubiquitous learning environments the presented paper outlines the authors’ vision of ambient learning displays - enabling learners to view, access, and interact with contextualised digital content presented in an ambient way. The vision is based on a detailed exploration of the characteristics of ubiquitous learning and a deduction of informational, interactional, and instructional aspects to focus on. Towards the vision essential research questions and objectives as well as a conceptual framework that acquires, channels, and delivers the information framed in the learning process are presented. To deliver scientific insights into the authentic learning support in informal and non-formal learning situations and to provide suggestions for the future design of ambient systems for learning the paper concludes with a research agenda proposing a research project including a discussion of related issues and challenges.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)627-642
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal Technology Enhanced Learning
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • ambient learning displays
    • ubiquitous learning
    • situated learning support
    • research agenda
    • contextualisation
    • technology enhanced learning


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