Further development of the context categories of a mobile learning framework

Phil Marston, Sarah Cornelius

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Building on the literature theorizing mobile learning, Frohberg, Göth and Schwabe (2009) provide a framework that has been developed to review and categorize mobile learning projects published before the end of 2007. Analyzing projects according to six factors, one of which is context, they consider the use of four categories (independent, formalized, physical, and socializing) to be a robust means of classification. This short paper examines the contexts they identify and considers whether any of them can adequately categorize our own mobile learning project, an SMS text messaging based simulation. We then suggest the need for a fifth context, that of the virtual, to develop the scope of the framework and adequately categorize our project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Research Centre for Educational Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • mobile learning
  • SMS
  • simulation
  • virtual context


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