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A Multimodal Seamless Learning Approach Supported by Mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM). (Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies, CeLeKT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7313-1720
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The use of digital tools such as smartphones, tablets and laptops have shown potential to enhance teaching and learning in a wide variety of contexts. 21st century skills such as creativity, problem-solving and innovation as means for supporting learning and knowledge creation, are considered fundamental proficiencies in today's technology- driven society, and they are therefore considered essential to promote, already from the earliest of school years. Hence, there are a number of challenges related to how to design and implement innovative and varied strategies

for teaching and learning supported by mobile technologies in educational settings. Moreover, it is also crucial to think about how to actively involve teachers into the processes mentioned above, inspiring and inviting them to implement new methods and technologies into their everyday educational practices.

The work presented in this thesis embodies a series of co-design and design-based research efforts aiming at exploring the interplay between design, information and communication technologies and learning through mobile digital storytelling, guided by the theoretical frameworks of constructivism, multimodality, new media literacies, mobile seamless learning, and technology enhanced learning. Two main research questions have been identified as formulated below, and have served as

the basis that guided my efforts:

What design features are necessary to scaffold mobile seamless learning approaches with the support of mobile digital storytelling?

Considering the role of mobile digital storytelling for educational settings: which design factors and learning requirements could guide and support similar initiatives?

Over the years of my doctoral studies, a progression of research interventions involving teachers, pupils, and museum staff have been co-designed, developed, tested and validated. These efforts have resulted in a method, a mobile application, and a web service for mobile digital storytelling in educational contexts, named the mobile digital storytelling (mDS) system.

The mDS system introduces learning technology approaches aiming to support teacher and pupil digital inclusion, mobile seamless learning and multimodal aspects, and serves as a reflective instrument for both collaborative and individual work. The validation of mDS in different educational settings indicates that it can be independent of subject matter, user age, locality and previous knowledge of technology enhanced learning, and is easy to access and manage for teachers as well as pupils. Hence, it proposes several innovative means on multiple levels for meeting the 21st century skills required for supporting contemporary learning and knowledge creation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2018. , p. 168
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 336
Keywords [en]
co-design, constructivism, design-based research, digital cultural heritage, mobile digital storytelling, mobile learning, mobile seamless learning, multimodality, new media literacies, technology enhanced learning
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-78583ISBN: 978-91-88898-16-6 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88898-17-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-78583DiVA, id: diva2:1260018
Public defence
2018-11-23, Sal Myrdal, Universitetsplatsen 1, Växjö, 09:30 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-11-06 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Mobile Digital Storytelling for Promoting Creative Collaborative Learning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobile Digital Storytelling for Promoting Creative Collaborative Learning
2012 (English)In: Proceedings 2012 Seventh IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technology in Education, IEEE, 2012, p. 9-16Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents our on-going research efforts related to the use of mobile digital storytelling to support alternative ways of learning about cultural heritage. In a joint effort to promote creative collaborative learning we are working together with a local museum and an elementary school on actively engaging a group of Swedish school children in mobile digital storytelling. Divided into eight groups of three children each, the pupils took on specific roles and areas of responsibility concerning the collection of story data, such as photographs, script and sound. Before venturing into the final processing and producing of the stories, each group had to negotiate their collected data and agree on what to use for and in their story. That decision had to reflect the opinions and choices for the whole group. The outcomes of these efforts provided us with valuable insights on how mobile digital storytelling can be used in authentic contexts to support creative collaborative learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE, 2012
Keywords
Mobile digital storytelling, collaboration, creativity, multimodality, seamless learning, user-generated content, designbased research
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19223 (URN)10.1109/WMUTE.2012.10 (DOI)2-s2.0-84860815832 (Scopus ID)978-1-4673-0884-7 (ISBN)
Conference
WMUTE 2012, Takamatsu, Japan, March 27th-30th 2012.
Available from: 2012-06-01 Created: 2012-06-01 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
2. Using Mobile Digital Storytelling to Support Learning about Cultural Heritage
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using Mobile Digital Storytelling to Support Learning about Cultural Heritage
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2012 / [ed] Gautam BISWAS, Lung-Hsiang WONG, Tsukasa HIRASHIM & Wenli CHEN, Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, 2012, p. 408-412Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents our on-going research related to the use of mobile digital storytelling (mDS) as means for promoting innovative ways of collaboratively learning about cultural heritage. In a joint effort we have worked closely together with our fellow stakeholders – a local museum and a primary school – on actively engaging a group of Swedish school children and their teachers in using mobile digital storytelling as facilitator for introducing the concept of seamless learning. The outcomes of these efforts provided us with valuable insights on how to proceed further in our work of designing versatile mDS applications supporting collaborative learning in authentic contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, 2012
Keywords
Mobile Digital Storytelling, Mobile Seamless Learning, Collaboration Participation, Cultural Heritage
National Category
Media Engineering Interaction Technologies Learning Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23255 (URN)978-981-07-4649-0 (ISBN)
Conference
20th International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2012, November 26 2012 - November 30 2012, Singapore
Projects
CoCreat
Available from: 2013-01-03 Created: 2013-01-03 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
3. Promoting Sustainable Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning: A Teacher & Pupil Study Using Mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Promoting Sustainable Innovation in Technology Enhanced Learning: A Teacher & Pupil Study Using Mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS)
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - ICALT 2014, IEEE Press, 2014, p. 194-198Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents our current efforts towards finalizing a complete workflow for mobile digital storytelling (mDS) supporting the concept of mobile seamless learning (MSL) in educational settings. Our purpose with the present study was twofold: to initiate the incorporation of complementary software solutions concordant with the mDS workflow proposed in this paper, and to try to consolidate the sustainability of technology enhanced learning efforts like these by encouraging the participating teachers to implement ideas, inspiration and routines from the mDS workflow into their everyday educational practices. However, even though the study outcomes from the pupil activity were rewarding for all stakeholders, exposing intensified motivational boost and dedication among the pupils, we still recognize a challenge in how to motivate and inspire teachers to dare launch and implement future similar efforts on their own. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Press, 2014
Series
IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ISSN 2161-3761
Keywords
Mobile digital storytelling (mDS), mobile seamless learning, multimodality, co-design, sustainability
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34112 (URN)10.1109/ICALT.2014.63 (DOI)000347713100058 ()2-s2.0-84910074327 (Scopus ID)978-1-4799-4038-7 (ISBN)
Conference
The 14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies - ICALT2014, Advanced Technologies for Supporting Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning, July 7-9, 2014, Athens, Greece
Available from: 2014-05-07 Created: 2014-05-07 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
4. Tell Your Story About History: A Mobile Seamless Learning Approach to Support Mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tell Your Story About History: A Mobile Seamless Learning Approach to Support Mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS)
2015 (English)In: Seamless Learning in the Age of Mobile Connectivity / [ed] Wong, Lung-Hsiang, Milrad, Marcelo, Specht, Marcus, Singapore: Springer, 2015, p. 353-376Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter describes our efforts toward finalizing an all-embracing workflow for a mobile seamless learning approach supporting mobile digital storytelling (mDS) for educational purposes. Considering the factors of locality, formality and time as well as the design of the activity and assignments, we have chosen five dimensions of the mobile seamless learning framework to guide our work. In addition to the main mobile application used for mDS, we have also developed and integrated complementary software solutions well in line with the mDS framework, which support the overall learning experience. Here, we present our main three main pilot studies which have provided us with outcomes and insights on technical and methodological requirements, as well as on the importance of an active teacher involvement in order to introduce and implement ideas, inspiration and routines from the mDS workflow into everyday educational practices. Applying the principles of codesign and design-based research (DBR) we have collaborated closely with involved teachers and other stakeholders, devoting an extensive amount of time to introduce the five phases of the mDS workflow and the different technologies. The primary remainder of the challenges for concluding the mDS workflow will be to further refine all software components involved and to fully integrate them into one single social computing platform in which the chosen MSL dimensions and the learning activities in the different phases act as the interconnecting glue. This platform will also serve as a repository and a sharing option for all procedures related to mDS and the mDS activity outcomes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer, 2015
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34115 (URN)10.1007/978-981-287-113-8_18 (DOI)2-s2.0-84942887411 (Scopus ID)978-981-287-112-1 (ISBN)978-981-287-113-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-05-07 Created: 2014-05-07 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
5. Influencing Everyday Teacher Practices by Applying Mobile Digital Storytelling as a Seamless Learning Approach
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Influencing Everyday Teacher Practices by Applying Mobile Digital Storytelling as a Seamless Learning Approach
2015 (English)In: The Mobile Learning Voyage - From Small Ripples to Massive Open Waters: 14th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2015, Venice, Italy, October 17-24, 2015, Proceedings / [ed] Tom H. Brown & Herman J. van der Merwe, Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015, , p. 16p. 256-272Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study describes our on-going efforts aiming at refining and validating a Mobile Seamless Learning (MSL) approach supported by mobile Digital Storytelling (mDS). Considering learning factors of locality, formality and time, as well as elements of designs for learning and technical development, we have chosen six dimensions of the MSL framework (Wong and Looi 2011) to support our work. Guided by the principles of co-design (Spikol et al. 2009) and design-based research (Design-Based Research Collective, 2003; Ejersbo et al. 2008), we collaborated with 4 teachers and 54 pupils, devoting an extensive amount of time to design, develop and enact the phases of our proposed mDS workflow supported by mobile and web technologies. Beyond the mobile application developed for mDS, we have developed and integrated web solutions that support the overall learning experience, and tools that allow teachers to orchestrate the activities. The mDS web serve as a platform for continued work over time, such as reflecting, remixing, and reusing the digital content generated during the activities. The web platform provides means for teachers to search, watch, group, and assess the pupils’ mDS outcomes, and therefore serves as the interconnecting glue between all the learning activities involved in the mDS workflow. This study reports on the activities conducted in four classrooms in the spring of 2015, working with the five phases of the mDS approach. The outcomes of our efforts reinforced the importance of an active involvement by teachers to adopt and incorporate innovative technology enhanced learning (TEL) activities and solutions into their everyday educational practices, but most importantly on the need for schools to acquire self-governance on how to make use of their learning technologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., 2015. p. 16
Series
Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISSN 1865-0929 ; 560
Keywords
Mobile digital storytelling - Teacher Practices - Sustainability - Seamless Learning
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48752 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-25684-9_19 (DOI)000369659200019 ()2-s2.0-84951285380 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-25683-2 (ISBN)
Conference
14th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn, Venice, Italy, October 17-24, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved

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