Design Principles for an Adult Literacy Mobile Learning Solution

Agnieszka Palalas, Norine Wark

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    Abstract

    This is the second report on a Design-Based-Research project that aims to develop an adult literacy m-learning solution to help address persistently low adult literacy levels in Canada and across the globe. The device-agnostic solution and its key component, a mobile app, are designed to foster language and digital literacy skills needed to survive and flourish in work, school, and community contexts. This paper expands upon the previous report on design principles for developing a mobile adult literacy solution. It includes findings from literature reviews and feedback from literacy experts collected through interviews and focus groups, including participative evaluation of the app prototype. This new data provides further evidence that the three previously-identified design themes (Mobility, Learner-determined, and Context) and corresponding principles are critical to the design of a mobile adult literacy solution. Findings indicate that two Learner-determined sub-themes, overcoming emotional and motivational barriers, are also critical to a successful learning process for adult literacy learners.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2017
    EditorsNicos Souleles, George Papadopoulos, Fernando Loizides
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450352550
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct. 2017
    Event16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2017 - Larnaca, Cyprus
    Duration: 30 Oct. 20171 Nov. 2017

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Conference

    Conference16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2017
    Country/TerritoryCyprus
    CityLarnaca
    Period30/10/171/11/17

    Keywords

    • Adult literacy
    • Context
    • Design guidelines
    • Design principles
    • Emotional barriers
    • Learner-determined
    • Mobile literacy learning solution
    • Mobility
    • Motivation

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