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Mobile, ubiquitous and immersive technology enhanced learning: an ethical perspective

By V. Lally, M. Sharples, N. Bertram, S. Masters, B. Norton and F. Tracy


In this research briefing we examine the ethical dimensions of researching the mobile, ubiquitous and immersive dimensions of technology enhanced learning (MUITEL), with a particular focus on learning in informal settings. The briefing examines the interactions between mobile, ubiquitous and immersive technologies and the wider context of the 'digital economy'. We identify social, economic and educational developments that cross boundaries between the individual and the consumer, between the formal and the\ud informal, between education and other forms of learning. This leads to a complex array of possibilities for learning designs, and an equally complex array of ethical dimensions and challenges. In the main section of the briefing we examine the recent literature on the ethical dimensions of TEL research, and identify key trends, ethical dilemmas, and issues for researchers investigating MUITEL in informal educational settings. We also indicate new trends in ethical procedure that may offer ways forward for researchers in this fascinating field. We conclude with an outline, derived from the foregoing analysis, of ways in which ethical guidelines and processes can be developed by researchers, through interacting with participants and other professionals. We conclude that ethical issues need to remain open questions, and be revisited, as part of research practices

Topics: QA75, LB2300, L1
Publisher: Economic and Social Research Council
Year: 2010
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