Parklearn: creating, sharing and engaging with place-based activities for seamless mobile learning

Dan Richardson, Pradthana Jarusriboonchai, Kyle Montague, Ahmed Kharrufa

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The potential for mobile technology to support bespoke learning activities seamlessly across learning contexts has not been fully realized. We contribute insights gained from four months of field studies of place-based mobile learning in two different contexts: formal education with a primary school and informal, community-led learning with volunteers in a nearby park. For these studies we introduced ParkLearn: a platform for creating, sharing and engaging with place-based mobile learning activities through seamless learning experiences. The platform enables the creation of easily configurable learning activities that leverage the targeted learning environment and mobile devices' hardware to support situated learning. Learners' uploaded responses to activities can be viewed and shared via a website, supporting seamless follow-up classroom activities. By supporting creativity and independence for both learners and activity designers, ParkLearn promoted a sense of ownership, increased engagement in follow-up activities and supported the leveraging of physical and social communal learning resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2018, Beyond Mobile:The Next 20 Years
Subtitle of host publicationCONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
EditorsLynne Bailie, Nuria Oliver
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358989
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services 2018 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
Conference number: 20th (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services 2018
Abbreviated titleMobileHCI 2018
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  • Mobile learning
  • Outdoor learning
  • Civic learning
  • Digital Civics
  • Community curriculum

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