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IET TCM Event 2013: Mobile Phones, Migrants and Incidental Learning

16 April 2013

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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Lynda Davies
6 February 2013

Abstract: MASELTOV ("Mobile Assistance for Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Immigrants with Persuasive Learning Technologies and Social Network Services": ) is a three year Framework 7 project exploring how mobile phones might support language learning and social integration for recent migrants to the EU. We’re particularly interested in incidental learning: unplanned or unintentional learning that often happens in everyday life. We believe that smart phones might be an ideal platform to provide a situated, context-aware, technology enhanced form of incidental learning to recent migrants.

We’ll talk about the MASELTOV project now one year into its life, and IET’s contribution. Our key focus has been the development of an Incidental Learning Framework for facilitating the creation of technology rich and socially inclusive learning opportunities for immigrants within cities. The framework is intended to facilitate the coordination of existing and innovative technologies, content, pedagogies, game designs, learning processes and practices, into learning services that can be used effectively by immigrants, their networks and mentors, so as to increase immigrants’ ability to function in an unfamiliar society.

We’ll describe the project’s general aims and objectives, summarise work carried out and challenges we’ve identified so far. We’ll spend some time presenting the first iteration of the Incidental Learning Framework, and show an example of its use as a design tool.

Presenter: Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme and Dr Mark Gaved (IET)

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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Lynda Davies
10:25am 22 April 2013

I thought this event was really interesting, and would love to be kept up to date with developments in this project. I particularly liked how the team presenting the project were interested in hearing thoughts and ideas from the audience as the project is still in development - this made it all the more interesting to attend. 

Best wishes,

Rhiannon Moore
International Development Office

Mark Gaved
11:11am 22 April 2013 (Edited 11:11am 22 April 2013)

Thanks for your feedback Rhiannon

To keep up to date with developments in the project there’s a newsletter link on the project website:

Within the OU we don’t have an official update process at the moment but we’re always happy to chat or answer questions via email/phone/face to face over a cup of tea.

Thanks for your question regarding multiple users on a single phone, e.g. a husband and wife sharing a mobile phone but wanting to keep their own usage private. Very good question, I'd not considered it but very appropriate for our situation. Thanks for improving our work :- )  I’ve raised this with the technical partners and their response is that this is a functionality which will be arriving soon on Android based phones and so they have it in mind:

From Patrick Lulley, Joanneum Research, Austria: “once there is multi-user support on Android Smartphones you will be able to switch on "Android OS"-Level... which works not only for MASELTOV but for all your phone settings and personal information, installed apps and so on. Android Tablets like Nexus 10 already have this multiuser functionality. Users can be switched directly on the Lock-Screen. This will come to smartphones as well in the near future.”

So it looks like the answer is that you’ll have a log-in procedure when you switch on your phone, so each person's access will be individual to them and private to them, a bit like there’s a login procedure with PCs now. I asked specifically about such shared items as photos taken by one person – and Patrick’s suggesting this is covered, they will be private to each user.

As always with these projects, we have to think about what to develop now and what’s likely to come along when we’ve produced our final demonstrator at the end of the work – a tricky game in the IT world, with such rapid development happening all the time. So looks like Patrick’s estimate is that this functionality will be released in the next year or so.

Thanks for attending and such a useful question! Feel free to ask more!

kind regards

Mark Gaved (on behalf of the OU MASELTOV team)

Elizabeth FitzGerald
12:04pm 22 April 2013

Just a thought - you mentioned using a visual text translation tool - TextLens or something? how is that different from the commercially available apps like WordLens? aren't you at risk or re-inventing the wheel somewhat? (sorry, don't mean to play devil's advocate... but you know what I mean!)


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