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Understanding Scalability and Sustainability in Mobile Learning: A Systems Development Framework
Växjö University, Faculty of Mathematics/Science/Technology, School of Mathematics and Systems Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0835-823X
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The rapid development of mobile technologies combined with access to content almost everywhere and every time allows people to experience new situations regarding learning in a wide variety of situations. Mobile learning brings the promise of learning "on the move" by allowing learners to take control over time and space, thus making learning "more natural". The field of mobile learning has rapidly evolved in the last ten years and many initiatives have been conducted worldwide. However, research results indicate that few of these efforts have produced any lasting outcomes. It is evident that these initiatives are faced with inherently complex settings and that the outcomes might not live up to their prom- ises; will not be adopted and, hence, will not become sustainable.

Many of the complex issues faced by mobile learning initiatives are similar to those faced by the development of information systems. This latest statement suggests that an improved development practice might hold one piece of the key to sustainable mobile learning. The aim of the research presented in this thesis is to investigate the relation between information systems development practice and mobile learning development; and if methods and models originated within information systems development can be used to strengthen mobile learning initiatives. In order to investigate this relation, this thesis studies several mobile learning initiatives with a particular focus on how and why development and research was initiated and conducted. Concepts found in mobile learning practices are strengthened by providing a theoretical perspective with roots in information systems development. The outcomes of the studies presented in this thesis indicate that the development practice of mobile learning initiatives can be redefined in order to achieve more sustainable results.

The core of this thesis consists of eight peer-reviewed scientific publications that have been presented at different international conferences. Five of the papers explore the field of mobile learning and its practice while the other three publications present the central ideas that serve as the basis for the proposed framework, how it has been developed, and the motivations behind its creation.

The main contribution of this thesis is a novel development framework aimed at researchers and practitioners in the field of mobile learning. The framework defines the life-cycle of a mobile learning initiative and identifies the importance of emphasizing the concepts of scalability and sustainability during the development process. This may be a way to reduce the complexity inherent to mobile learning and its settings, and a means to improve the outcomes of coming mobile learning initiatives in terms of long lasting usable results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2009. , p. 212
Series
Acta Wexionensia, ISSN 1404-4307 ; 192/2009
Keywords [en]
information systems, mobile learning, scalability, sustainability, systems development
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-6414ISBN: 978-91-7636-687-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-6414DiVA, id: diva2:281124
Public defence
2009-12-11, Weber, Växjö universitet, Växjö, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-12-15 Created: 2009-12-14 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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