“Showing off” your mobile device: adult literacy learning in the classroom and beyond

Cosmin Munteanu, Heather Molyneaux, Daniel McDonald, Joanna Lumsden, Rock Leung, Hélène Fournier, Julie Maitland

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Abstract

For a very large number of adults, tasks such as reading. understanding, and using everyday items are a challenge. Although many community-based organizations offer resources and support for adults with limited literacy skills. current programs have difficulty reaching and retaining those that would benefit most. In this paper we present the findings of an exploratory study aimed at investigating how a technological solution that addresses these challenges is received and adopted by adult learners. For this, we have developed a mobile application to support literacy programs and to assist low-literacy adults in today's information-centric society. ALEX© (Adult Literacy support application for Experiential learning) is a mobile language assistant that is designed to be used both in the classroom and in daily life in order to help low-literacy adults become increasingly literate and independent. Through a long-term study with adult learners we show that such a solution complements literacy programs by increasing users' motivation and interest in learning, and raising their confidence levels both in their education pursuits and in facing the challenges of their daily lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Service (MobileHCI’2011)
Place of PublicationNew York (US)
PublisherACM
Pages95-104
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-0541-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMobileHCI '11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 30 Aug 20112 Sep 2011

Conference

ConferenceMobileHCI '11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period30/08/112/09/11

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