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Systematising the Field of Mobile Assisted Language Learning
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden. (Teknikburna kunskapsprocesser)
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Teknikburna kunskapsprocesser)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, ISSN 1941-8647, E-ISSN 1941-8655, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 72-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study provides a systematic review of mobile assisted language (MALL) research within the specific area of second language acquisition (SLA) during the period of 2005-2012 in terms of research approaches, theories and methods, technology, and the linguistic knowledge and skills’ results. The findings show a shift from the prevailing SMS-based language learning in 2005-2008 towards the use of more advanced multimedia and intelligent learning systems in the last years. Many highly cited studies focus on design of mobile language learning systems and experimental evaluation of their effectiveness. Studies often draw on mature pedagogic models and methods. However, descriptive and small-scale experimental studies dominate. In terms of theoretical approaches and frameworks, there is a lack of specific reference to mobile learning conceptual and theoretical models, which makes it difficult to distinguish any specific mobile learning theories from other learning theories. Research has so far paid most attention to learners’ vocabulary acquisition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IGI Global, 2013. Vol. 5, no 4, p. 72-90
Keywords [en]
Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems (ILTS), Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), Mobile Devices, Mobile Learning, Mobile Learning Theory, Second Language Acquisition (SLA
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Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33249DOI: 10.4018/ijmbl.2013100105Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84903212673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-33249DiVA, id: diva2:690240
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Design and use of mobile technology in distance language education: matching learning practices with technologies-in-practice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design and use of mobile technology in distance language education: matching learning practices with technologies-in-practice
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the adaptation of formal education to people’s technology- use patterns, their technology-in-practice, where the ubiquitous use of mobile technologies is central. The research question is: How can language learning practices occuring in informal learning environments be effectively integrated with formal education through the use of mobile technology? The study investigates the technical, pedagogical, social and cultural challenges involved in a design science approach.

The thesis consists of four studies. The first study systematises MALL (mobile-assisted language learning) research. The second investigates Swedish and Chinese students’ attitudes towards the use of mobile technology in education. The third examines students’ use of technology in an online language course, with a specific focus on their learning practices in informal learning contexts and their understanding of how this use guides their learning. Based on the findings, a specifically designed MALL application was built and used in two courses. Study four analyses the app use in terms of students’ perceived level of self-regulation and structuration.

The studies show that technology itself plays a very important role in reshaping peoples’ attitudes and that new learning methods are coconstructed in a sociotechnical system. Technology’s influence on student practices is equally strong across borders. Students’ established technologies-in-practice guide the ways they approach learning. Hence, designing effective online distance education involves three interrelated elements: technology, information, and social arrangements. This thesis contributes to mobile learning research by offering empirically and theoretically grounded insights that shift the focus from technology design to design of information systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2015. p. 154
Series
Örebro Studies in Informatics ; 10
Keywords
online distance education, mobile learning, mobile-assisted language learning, information systems artefact, design science research, learning practices, structuration, self-regulation, technology-in-practice
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45776 (URN)978-91-7529-102-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-12-01, Hörsalen, Billbergska huset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-09-10 Created: 2015-09-10 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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