Context-aware mobile role playing game for learning-a case of canada and Taiwan

Chris Lu, Maiga Chang, Kinshuk, Echo Huang, Ching Wen Chen

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The research presented in this paper is part of a 5-year renewable national research program in Canada, namely the NSERC/iCORE/Xerox/Markin research chair program that aims to explore possibilities of adaptive mobile learning and to provide learners with a learning environment which facilitates personalized learning at any time and any place. One of the sub-projects of this 5-year national research program is to design and develop context-aware mobile learning services. The research team of the sub-project applied narrative theory to design a location based Context-Aware Mobile Role Playing Game (CAM-RPG) in order to give students feeling of living in the game world and role playing, exploring the game world, completing the quests, and learning things. A pilot study was then conducted to see how the two game features-context-awareness and story generation-influence students' attitude towards the use of the mobile educational game. The research findings suggest that the story generated in CAM-RPG positively influences users' attitude towards game use and increases users' perceived game usefulness. With the research findings, other components and outcomes of sub-projects, such as natural language processing, location-awareness, multiple input forms, social networking, and student modeling, can then be put together as one piece to provide students effective and efficient mobile learning experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Technology and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Context-awareness
  • Educational game
  • Location-based
  • Mobile game
  • Narrative theory
  • Role-playing game
  • Technology acceptance model


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