A Reference Model for Mobile Playful Learning Environments

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We propose a novel model for learning environments to target the characteristics of digital natives and to improve informal learning practices, i.e. the exploration, discovery and self-monitoring of learning content and the reflection on learning activities. The Mobile Playful Learning Environment (MPLE) model is defined as consisting of seven main features (mobile user context, data collection and analysis, learner visualization, self-monitoring, persuasion, playfulness, and micro-learning) intended to encourage continuous usage and self-reflection. As a case study we developed TICKLE, an application that implements the MPLE model to re-activate and re-motivate youngsters at risk for school dropout, for learning by stimulating curiosity and engagement through the recognition of non-formal learning opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conferences on Mobile Learning 2021 and Educational Technologies 2021
EditorsImmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez, Piet Kommers, Tomayess Issa, Pedro Isaías
PublisherIADIS Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781713830733
ISBN (Print)978-989-8704-28-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event17th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2021 - online
Duration: 3 Mar 20215 Mar 2021

Publication series

Name8th International Conference on Educational Technologies 2021, ICEduTech 2021 and 17th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2021, ML 2021


Conference17th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2021
Abbreviated titleML 2021
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  • Informal learning
  • Mobile learning
  • playful environment
  • micro-learning
  • Digital Natives
  • reference model


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