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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 ; 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 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.