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MoLeNET Research

The aims of research within MoLeNET are to explore:

•           how colleges/consortia use mobile learning to improve teaching and learning

•           the impact of mobile learning on learners, teachers and institutions

•           whether mobile learning can help to improve retention, achievement and progression

The research strategy recognises that each MoLeNET project has it’s own aims and objectives and that these vary considerably dependent upon the learners involved, the learning contexts, the subjects and level concerned, the technologies and pedagogy being employed and local priorities being addressed. Therefore the research strategy has at its heart practitioner-led Action Research projects the findings of which feed into a comprehensive national evaluation.  This approach is illustrated in the following diagram:

Why action research?

An important aim of MoLeNET is to assist with the improvement of teaching, learning and learner experiences.  It is therefore logical that MoLeNET should use Action Research as the aim of this research approach is to help professionals (teachers, managers) to improve practice and to understand change processes. Action Research typically uses a cyclical process to diagnose issues for investigation, plan research strategies, implement, review and reflect upon findings.   Presentation: Research, Evaluation and Action Research – what and why?

Training and support of practitioner researchers

LSN provides, as part of the MoLeNET support programme, training and support for practitioner researchers including Action Research training, Research Methods training, research planning assistance, on-line advice and resources, on-site visits and knowledge café events.