Location-Based Environments for Formal and Informal Learning: Context-Aware Mobile Learning

  • Qing TanEmail author
  • Tzu-Chien Liu
  • Martha Burkle


The integration of location-based environments for formal and informal learning aims to engage learners in the analysis of objects or scenes in the real world that are used as learning objects for achieving learning objectives. Location awareness of mobile devices allows mobile devices to be able to sense and react based on location-based environments. In this chapter, we focus on context-aware mobile learning in location-based environments for formal and informal learning. We will explore location-based environments for learning through addressing the technological, pedagogical, and educational issues in location-based context-aware mobile learning. A discussion of location-based mobile learning applications and the implementation of location-based environments for learning will be presented in this chapter. We will demonstrate that context-aware mobile learning is an effective approach in implementing location-based environments for learning, bringing great opportunities for ubiquitous learning in the digital age.


Mobile Device Augmented Reality Informal Learning Learning Content Learning Management System 
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We would like to acknowledge Dr. Xiaokun Zhang, Dr. Kinshuk, Dr. Rory McGreal, Dr. Frederique Pivot, Dr. Yueh-Min Huang, Dr. Yu-Lin Jeng, Mr. Eric Lo, and Mr. William Chang for their contributions to the work presented in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Athabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  2. 2.National Central UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan (R.O.C.)

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