ERIC Number: EJ928392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Designing a Mobile System for Lifelong Learning on the Move
Gu, X.; Gu, F.; Laffey, J. M.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v27 n3 p204-215 Jun 2011
The Life-long Learning Initiative seeks to fulfil a variety of learning needs for Shanghai citizens. Given the popularity of mobile devices in Shanghai, the ability to provide learning in informal settings through mobile devices is a key objective and challenge of the Initiative. In order to learn how to develop usable learning content for lifelong learners on the move, a set of design principles from both pedagogical and usability concerns was identified. Next, a pilot system, based on the design principles, was developed to implement two prototype lessons. Five subjects were recruited to test each prototype lesson using a heuristic walkthrough method and a focus group meeting. Users' feedback showed that both the practical and the micro principles were valued as a method of integrating learning activity into informal settings in their daily lives. Audio was preferred as well. Technical usability concerns which are consistent with previous web experience were also identified. This research builds new knowledge about design principles for lifelong learning on the move and is a milestone in the development of the future learning resource bank for Shanghai citizens.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Mobility, Computer System Design, Internet, Instructional Design, Usability, Focus Groups, Informal Education, Pilot Projects, Feedback (Response), Lifelong Learning, Educational Resources, Electronic Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: China