This keynote considers the design of mobile learning experiences for newcomers to a city, to support them in language learning and in their efforts to communicate with local people. Newcomers to cities include students, migrant workers and tourists. Many cities have highly diverse populations and present multilingual challenges. Mobile learning research explores innovative practical solutions and develops or reinterprets underlying theories such as situated cognition and embodied cognition. A theory of augmentation considers how learning can be enhanced by technology or by resources in the learner’s surrounding environment and is reflected in the trend towards augmented reality applications. Personalised learning is another trend making an impact on a global scale. Drawing on recent research projects at The Open University, UK, the presentation will reflect on what has been learnt from the design and evaluation of innovative mobile-supported learning in several cities. Findings highlight new contexts for language learning and suggest that self-directed, social and gamified forms of learning are popular but present evaluation challenges. This leads to consideration of broader educational outcomes from mobile language learning and potential benefits to society.
Mobile and Personal Learning for Newcomers to a City
CLaSIC'16: 7th CLS International Conference - Learning in and beyond the classroom: Ubiquity in foreign language education | Singapore | 1st December 2016