15.10.2015
Doctoral Dissertation

6.11. M.Sc. Jenni Rikala (Faculty of Information Technology, Information Technology)

Time:

6.11.2015 12:00 — 15:00


Location: Mattilanniemi , Ag Alfa
Release: 6 Nov 2015, Designing a Mobile Learning Framework for a Formal Educational Context (Rikala)
M.Sc. Jenni Rikala defends her doctoral dissertation in Information Technology ”Designing a Mobile Learning Framework for a Formal Educational Context”. Opponent Professor Heli Ruokamo (University of Lapland) and custos Professor Mikko Vesisenaho (University of Jyväskylä).

Jenni Rikala, photo Wilma TyniM.Sc. Jenni Rikala defends her doctoral dissertation in Information Technology ”Designing a Mobile Learning Framework for a Formal Educational Context”. Opponent Professor Heli Ruokamo (University of Lapland) and custos Adjunct Professor Mikko Vesisenaho (University of Jyväskylä).

This research will focus on mobile learning in a Finnish formal educational context. Recently, mobile learning has aroused interest worldwide. However, the theoretical and practical basis of mobile learning is still somewhat fragmented. Thus, the study emphasizes that even though mobile devices are increasingly utilized in the educational context not all the potential that mobile devices offer has been realized as assumed. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to promote mobile learning theory and practice by designing a mobile learning framework. Three design cycles were conducted. Based on the three design cycles and the literature, a mobile learning framework is suggested. The framework clarifies the core aspects of mobile learning, as well as those aspects' interrelationships and other important factors that affect the pedagogically sustainable use of mobile devices in the educational context. The framework particularly highlights pedagogy, context, learner, device, and social interaction. The study also indicates that mobile learning requires preparation, competent teachers, a sufficient information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, and support.

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