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My research concerns human-centred design of new technologies for learning. It involves gaining a deep understanding of how people work, play, learn and interact as a foundation for the design of novel socio-technical systems (people in interaction with technology). I am Academic Lead at Futurelearn, and co-investigator on the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory and Juxtalearn projects. Previous projects as Principal Investigator include Personal Inquiry to support inquiry-based learning of science topics between formal and non-formal settings, and a collaboration with Sharp Labs Europe to develop software on mobile phones for incidental language learning. I was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. Iam an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technology, and am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Learning Sciences and the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. I have authored 200 papers in the areas of educational technology, human-centred design of personal technologies, learning sciences and cognitive science.
PhD, 1984, University of Edinburgh, Thesis Title: ‘Cognition, Computers and Creative Writing’.
B.Sc. (Hons), 1976, Computational Science, St. Andrews University.
Pedagogy for eBooks project to promote research-led innovation within the OU, by understanding the opportunities to enhance teaching and learning processes of postgraduate students through next generation e-book technology, and examining new pedagogic practices that this emerging technology could support.
Production of a series of Innovating Pedagogies reports, to inform policy makers and practitioners of innovations in higher education.
Contribution to research and development of the iSpot system (http://www.ispot.org.uk/)
Human-centred design and evaluation of educational technologies
Mobile and contextual learning
Current Research Projects
Co-Investigator of the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory
Co-investigator of JUXTALEARN European Commission project
Research contribution to iSpot system
Sharples, Mike (2015). Seamless learning despite context. In: Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Milrad, Marcelo and Specht, Marcus eds. Seamless Learning in the Age of Mobile Connectivity. Singapore: Springer, (In press).
Herodotou, Christothea; Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy and Sharples, Mike (2014). The design and evaluation of a sensor-based mobile application for citizen inquiry science investigations. In: Rensing, Christoph; de Freitas, Sara; Ley, Tobias and Muñoz-Merino , Pedro J. eds. Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8719). SpringerInternational Publishing, pp. 434–439.
Sharples, Mike and Pea, Roy (2014). Mobile learning. In: Sawyer, R. Keith ed. The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (Second edition). Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 501–521.
Sharples, Mike ; FitzGerald, Elizabeth ; Mulholland, Paul and Jones, Robert (2013). Weaving location and narrative for mobile guides. In: Schrøder, Kim and Drotner, Kirsten eds. Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum. Routledge Research in Museum Studies. New York: Routledge.
Meek, Sam; Fitzgerald, Elizabeth ; Sharples, Mike and Priestnall, Gary (2013). Learning on field trips with mobile technology. In: Kinuthia, Wanjira and Marshall, Stewart eds. On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development. Educational Design and Technology in the Knowledge Society. Charlotte, NC.: Information Age Publishing Inc..
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes ; Sharples, Mike ; Milrad, Marcelo; Arnedillo-Sánchez , Inmaculada and Vavoula, Giasemi (2011). The genesis and development of mobile learning in Europe. In: Parsons, David ed. Combining E-Learning and M-Learning: New Applications of Blended Educational Resources. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), pp. 151–177.
Barthel , Ralph; Ainsworth , Sshaaron and Sharples , Mike (2010). Negotiating perspective in social video environments. In: Drotner, Kirsten and Schrøder , Kim Christian eds. Digital Content Creation: Perceptions, Practices and Perspectives. New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies (46). New York, USA: Peter Lang Publishing Group, pp. 211–226.
Brown, Elizabeth ; Sharples, Mike ; Wishart, Jocelyn; Tangney, Brendan; Taylor, Jacqui; Beddall-Hill, Nicola L.; Glahn, Christian; Börner, Dirk; Clough, Gill ; Wijers, Monica; Jonker, Vincent; Cook, John and Lyons, Leilah (2010). Reflecting back, looking forward: the challenges for location-based learning. In: Brown, Elizabeth ed. Education in the Wild: Contextual and Location-Based Mobile Learning in Action. A Report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous Workshop Series. Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 52–53.
Sharples , Mike ; Amedillo Sanchez, Inmaculada; Milrad, Marcelo and Vavoula , Giasemi (2009). Mobile learning: small devices, big issues. In: Balacheff, N.; Ludvigsen, S.; Jong , T. de and Barnes , S. eds. Technology Enhanced Learning: Principles and Products. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer, pp. 233–249.
Sharples , Mike (2009). Methods for evaluating mobile learning. In: Vavoula , Giasemi; Pachler , Norbert and Kukulska-Hulme , Agnes eds. Researching Mobile Learning: Frameworks, Tools and Research Designs. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang Publishing Group, pp. 17–39.
Rudman , Paul; Sharples , Mike ; Lonsdale, Peter; Vavoula, Giasemi and Meek, Julia (2008). Cross-context learning. In: Tallon , Loic and Walker , Kevin eds. Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience: Handheld Guides and Other Media. Lanham MD, USA: Alta Mira Press, pp. 147–166.
Sharples, Mike ; Taylor, Josie and Vavoula, Giasemi (2007). A theory of learning for the mobile age. In: Andrews, Richard and Haythornthwaite, Caroline eds. The Sage Handbook of E-learning Research. London, UK: Sage, pp. 221–247.
Aristeidou, Maria ; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2014). Inquiring Rock Hunters. In: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities , 16-19 September 2014, Graz, Austria.
Sharples, Mike ; Collins, Trevor ; Feißt, Markus; Gaved, Mark ; Mulholland, Paul ; Paxton, Mark and Wright, Michael (2011). A “laboratory of knowledge-making” for personal inquiry learning. In: 15th International Conference, AIED 2011, 28 June - 01 July 2011, Auckland, New Zealand.
Wichmann, Astrid; Hoppe , Ulrich H.; Spikol , Daniel; Milrad, Marcelo; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples, Mike ; Pea, Roy; Maldonado , Heidy and de Jong , Ton (2010). Three perspectives on technology support in inquiry learning: personal inquiry, mobile collaboratories and emerging learning objects. In: 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning in the Disciplines, 29 June- 2 July 2010, Chicago, IL, USA.
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Yang, Yang; Paxton, Mark; Sharples, Mike ; Crook, Charles; Ainsworth, Shaaron and O'Malley, Claire (2010). Maintaining continuity of inquiry learning experiences across contexts: teacher’s management strategies and the role of technology. In: Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice. Proceedings of 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 28 Sept -1 Oct 2010, Barcelona, Spain.
Anastopolou, Stamatina; Sharples , Mike ; Wright , Michael; Ainsworth , Shaaron; Crook , Charles; Norton , Bronya and O'Malley, Claire (2009). Personal Inquiry: lessons learned. In: mLearn 2009 Conference, 26-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, FL, US.
Fisher, T.; Pemberton, R.; Sharples, M. ; Ogata, H.; Uosaki, N.; Edmonds, P.; Hull, A. and Tschorn, P (2009). Mobile learning of vocabulary from reading novels: a comparison of three modes. In: mLearn 2009: 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning , 28-30 October 2009, Orlando, FL, USA.
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples , Mike ; Wright , Michael; Martin , Hazel; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Benford , Steve; Crook , Charles; Greenhalgh, Chris and O'Malley, Claire (2008). Learning 21st century science in context with mobile technologies. In: Proceedings of the mLearn 2008 Conference, 7-10 Oct 2008, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK.
Kong, Siu Cheung; Chan, Tak-Wai; Griffin, Patrick; Hoppe, Ulrich; Huang, Ronghuai.; Kinshuk; Looi, Chee Kit; Milrad, Marcelo; Norris, Cathleeen; Nussbaum, Miguel; Sharples, Mike ; So, Wing Muui Winnie; Soloway, Elliot and Yu, Shengquan (2014). E-learning in school education in the coming 10 years for developing 21st century skills: critical research issues and policy implications. Educational Technology and Society, 17(1), pp. 70–78.
Hoare, Derek J.; Van Labeke, Nicolas ; McCormack, Abby; Sereda, Magdalena; Smith, Sandra; Al Taher, Hala; Kowalkowski, Victoria L.; Sharples, Mike and Hall, Deborah A. (2014). Gameplay as a source of intrinsic motivation in a randomized controlled trial of auditory training. PLoS ONE, 9(9),
Sharples, Mike ; Scanlon, Eileen ; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor ; Crook, Charles; Jones, Ann ; Kerawalla, Lucinda ; Mulholland, Paul and O'Malley, Claire (2014). Personal inquiry: orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom. The Journal of the Learning Sciences (In press).
Sharples, Mike and Specht, Marcus (2013). Guest Editorial Preface. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 5(4), iv-vi.
Fisher, Tony; Sharples, Mike ; Pemberton, Richard; Ogata, Hiroaki; Uosaki, Noriko; Edmonds, Phil; Hull, Anthony and Tschorn, Patrick (2012). Incidental second language vocabulary learning from reading novels: a comparison of three mobile modes. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 4(4), pp. 47–61.
Mulholland, Paul ; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor ; Feisst, Markus; Gaved, Mark ; Kerawalla, Lucinda ; Paxton, Mark; Scanlon, Eileen ; Sharples, Mike and Wright, Michael (2012). nQuire: technological support for personal inquiry learning. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 5(2), pp. 157–169.