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More notspots than hotspots: strategies for undertaking networked learning in the real world

By Mark Gaved, Paul Mulholland, Lucinda Kerawalla, Trevor Collins and Eileen Scanlon


Much of the mobile learning literature implies that connectivity between devices can be taken for granted. This is not clearly not true with patchy network coverage and variable signal strength even in well developed urban areas. In this paper, we describe strategies devised for overcoming the challenges of variable connectivity quality to ensure mobile learning in authentic field locations and also bridging contexts (home, school, work). We consider three approaches: the use of Wi-Fi, 3G phone networks, and working locally with post-activity synchronisation. We conclude with recommendations for practitioners and researchers

Year: 2010
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Provided by: Open Research Online

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