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Professor Mike Sharples

Professor Mike Sharples

Chair in Educational Technology

The Open University Institute of Educational Technology Professoriat


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Profile

For further information see http://www.open.ac.uk/personalpages/mike.sharples/

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.

 

Qualifications

 

PhD, 1984, University of Edinburgh, Thesis Title: ‘Cognition, Computers and Creative Writing’.  

B.Sc. (Hons), 1976, Computational Science, St. Andrews University. 

Teaching Interests

Teaching innovation:

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/

Research Interests

Human-centred design and evaluation of educational technologies

Mobile and contextual learning

Design-based research

 

 

Current Research Projects

Co-Investigator of the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory

Co-investigator of JUXTALEARN European Commission project

Research contribution to iSpot system

Publications

Book Chapter
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.
Milrad, Marcelo; Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Sharples, Mike; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Looi, Chee-Kit and Ogata, Hiroaki (2013). Seamless learning: an international perspective on next-generation technology-enhanced learning. In: Berge, Zane L. and Muilenburg, Lin Y. eds. Handbook of Mobile Learning. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 95–108.
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..
Littleton, Karen; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen (2012). Editorial introduction: orchestrating inquiry learning. In: Littleton, Karen; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike eds. Orchestrating Inquiry Learning. Oxford: Routledge, pp. 1–6.
Sharples, Mike and Anastopoulou, Stamatina (2011). Designing orchestration for inquiry learning. In: Littleton, Karen; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike eds. Orchestrating Inquiry Learning. Routledge, pp. 69–85.
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.
Priestnall, Gary; Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Polmear, Gemma (2010). Augmenting the field experience: a student-led comparison of techniques and technologies. 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. 43–46.
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.
Sharples, Mike; Taylor, Josie and Vavoula, Giasemi (2010). A theory of learning for the mobile age: learning through conversation and exploration across contexts. In: Bachmair, Ben ed. Medienbildung in neuen Kulturräumen: die deutschprachige und britische Diskussion. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 87–99.
Niramitranon, Jitti; Sharples , Mike and Greenhalgh , Chris (2010). Orchestrating learning in a one-to-one technology classroom. In: Khine , Myint Swe and Saleh , Issa M. eds. New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers and Collaboration in Education. New York, USA: Springer, pp. 451–468.
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.
Conference Item
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike (2013). A design-based study of Citizen Inquiry for geology. In: EC-TEL 2013 Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning , 17 - 21 September 2013, Paphos (Cyprus).
Sharples, Mike; Meek, Sam and Priestnall, Gary (2012). Zapp: learning about the distant landscape. In: 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2012), 15-18 October 2012, Helsinki, Finland .
Mwanza-Simwami , Daisy; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Clough, Gill; Whitelock, Denise; Ferguson, Rebecca and Sharples, Mike (2011). Methods and models of next generation technology enhanced learning - White Paper. In: Alpine Rendezvous 2011, 28-29 March 2011, La Clusaz, France.
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.
Manches, A.; Sharples, M. and Crook, C. (2011). Technology in context: summary findings from the Capital Project. In: CAL 2011, 13-15 April 2011, Manchester.
Sweeney, Thomas; Sharples , Mike and Pemberton , Richard (2011). Toponimo: A Geosocial Pervasive Game for English Second Language Learning. In: Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2011), 18-21 October, 2011, Beijing, China.
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Jones, Robert and Priestnall, Gary (2010). Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning. In: Proceedings of the mLearn 2010 Conference, 19-22 Oct 2010, Valetta, Malta.
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.
Niramitranon, Jeff; Sharples, Mike; Greenhalgh, Chris and Lin , Chiu-Pin (2010). Orchestrating learning in a one-to-one technology classroom. In: The 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education (WMUTE 2010), 12-16 April 2010, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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.
Bligh , Brett and Sharples, Mike (2010). The Affordances of Presentations in Multi-Display Learning Spaces for Supporting Small Group Discussion. 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.
Feißt, M.; Paxton, M. and Sharples, M. (2010). Field trip data collection: Online data update versus synchronisation. In: Proceedings of mLearn 2010, World Conference on Mobile and contextual Learning, 19-22 October 2010, Valetta, Malta. University of Malta.
Priestnall, Gary; Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Polmear, Gemma (2009). A student-led comparison of techniques for augmenting the field experience. In: mLearn 2009 Conference, 26-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA.
Barthel , Ralph; Sharples , Mike and Ainsworth , Shaaron (2009). Narrative creation from online video as knowledge representation. In: Artificial Intelligence in Education: Building Learning Systems that Care: From Knowledge Representation to Affective Modelling, 6-10 July 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Anastopolou, Stamatina ; Sharples, Mike; Ainsworth , Shaaron and Crook , Charles (2009). Personal Inquiry: linking the cultures of home and school with technology mediated science inquiry. In: Mobile learning cultures across education, work and leisure. Proceedings of the 3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium, 27th March 2009, London, England.
Niramitranon, Jitti; Sharples , Mike and Greenhalgh, Chris (2009). Orchestrating collaborative Learning in a 1:1 technology classroom. In: Artificual Intelligence in Education: Building Learning Systems that Care: From Knowledge Representation to Affective Modelling, 6-10th July 2009, Brighton, UK.
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.
Handley, Zöe; Sharples , Mike and Moore , Dave (2009). Training novel phonemic contrasts: a comparison of identification and oddity discrimination training. In: Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE) 2009, 3-5 Sep 2009, Wroxall, England.
Sharples , Mike (2009). Towards an interdisciplinary design science of learning. In: Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning EC-TEL 2009, 29 Sept - 2 Oct 2009, Nice, France.
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.
Roy, Anupama; Evans , Catrin; Sharples, Mike and Benford , Steve (2009). Mobile game based learning for peer educators of males having sex with males community in India. In: Proceedings of 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2009), 28-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida.
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.
Vavoula , Glasemi N. and Sharples , Mike (2008). Challenges in evaluating mobile learning. In: Proceedings of MLearn 2008: The bridge from text to context, 7-10 Oct 2008, Shropshire, UK.
Journal Article
Sharples, Mike (2013). Shared orchestration within and beyond the classroom. Computers and Education, 69 pp. 504–506.
Meek, Sam; Priestnall, Gary; Sharples, Mike and Goulding, James (2013). Mobile capture of remote points of interest using line of sight modelling. Computers and Geosciences, 52 pp. 334–344.
Barthel, Ralph; Ainsworth, Shaaron and Sharples, Mike (2013). Collaborative knowledge building with shared video representations. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 71(1), pp. 59–75.
Sharples, Mike (2013). Mobile learning: research, practice and challenges. Distance Education in China, 3(5), pp. 5–11.
McCabe, Scott; Sharples, Mike and Foster, Clare (2012). Stakeholder engagement in the design of scenarios of technology-enhanced tourism services. Tourism Management Perspectives(4), pp. 36–44.
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.
Lally, Vic; Sharples, Mike; Tracey, Frances; Bertram, Neil and Masters, Sherriden (2012). Researching the ethical dimensions of mobile, ubiquitous,and immersive technology enhanced learning (MUITEL) in informal settings: a thematic review and dialogue. Interactive Learning Environments, 20(3), pp. 217–238.
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples , Mike ; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Crook, Charles; O'Malley, Claire and Wright, Michael (2012). Creating personal meaning through technology-supported science inquiry learning across formal and informal settings. International Journal of Science Education, 34(2), pp. 251–273.
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Jones, Robert and Priestnall, Gary (2011). Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(4), pp. 70–85.
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples , Mike and Baber, Chris (2011). An evaluation of multimodal interactions with technology while learning science concepts. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(2), pp. 266–290.
Sharples, Mike and Roschelle, Jeremy (2010). Guest Editorial: Special section on Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies for Learning. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 3(1), pp. 4–6.
Vavoula, Giasemi and Sharples, Mike (2009). Meeting the challenges in evaluating mobile learning: a 3-level evaluation framework. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(2), pp. 54–75.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Sharples, Mike; Milrad, Marcelo; Arnedillo-Sánchez, Inmaculada and Vavoula, Giasemi (2009). Innovation in Mobile Learning: A European Perspective. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(1), pp. 13–35.
Sharples, M.; Graber, R.; Harrison, C. and Logan, K. (2009). E-safety and Web 2.0 for children aged 11–16. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1), pp. 70–84.
Vavoula, Giasemi; Sharples , Mike ; Rudman, Paul; Meek, Julia and Lonsdale, Peter (2009). Myartspace: Design and evaluation of support for learning with multimedia phones between classrooms and museums. Computers and Education, 53(2), pp. 286–299.
Vavoula, Giasemi and Sharples, Mike (2009). Lifelong learning organisers: requirements for tools for supporting episodic and semantic learning. Educational Technology & Society, 12(3), pp. 82–97.
Other
Brown, Elizabeth; Börner, Dirk; Sharples, Mike; Glahn, Christian; de Jong, Tim and Specht, Marcus (2010). Location-based and contextual mobile learning. A STELLAR Small-Scale Study. STELLAR European Network of Excellence in TEL (EU).
Pearshouse, Ian; Bligh, Brett; Brown, Elizabeth; Lewthwaite, Sarah; Graber, Rebecca; Hartnell-Young, Elizabeth and Sharples, Mike (2009). A study of effective evaluation models and practices for technology supported physical learning spaces (JELS). JISC.

last updated 01-Apr-2014