Development of Location-based Mobile Language Learning System to Support Geolearners

By Sanaz Fallahkhair.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Supporting collaborative learning in relation to geographical location is becoming more prevalent for learners who are geographically connected (Geolearners). The advancement of mobile and ubiquitous computing enables determination of geographical location, supporting geolearners to collaborate and participate through Web 2.0 technologies. In this paper we describe the design and development of a system that facilitates location-based, situated and collaborative language learning, incorporating the potential of Internet-based television and mobile phones. We present TAMALLE+ (Television and Mobile phone Assisted Language Learning Environment), based on the requirements that were captured from multiple sources. Finally, we discuss results of multi-method evaluation studies together with further direction to our research.

Keywords: Geolearners, Location-based Learning, Mobile Language Learning, Cross Platform Development, Ubiquitous Learning

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 828.586KB).

Dr. Sanaz Fallahkhair

Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

Dr. Fallahkhair is a lecturer at the School of Computing in the University of Portsmouth. Before joining the University of Portsmouth, she worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Greenwich’s Business School and as a research fellow and lecturer at the School of Computing, Mathematics and Information Sciences, University of Brighton. Her research works and interests are in the areas of human-centred design of new technologies that incorporate studies of user’s experiences, cognition and collaboration in designing a novel interactive systems delivered via multiple platforms: PC, mobile and interactive television. She has worked in different European and national projects such as the FP6-EU and JISC-funded projects, including TAMALLE (television and mobile phone assisted language learning environment), LOGOS (knowledge on-demand for ubiquitous learning) and CloudBank (mobile knowledge sharing for advanced language learners).