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Professor Mike Sharples

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  • Chair in Educational Technology
  • Institute of Educational Technology
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Professional biography

My research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning. It involves gaining a deep understanding of how people work, play, learn and interact as a foundation for the design of novel socio-technical systems (people in interaction with technology).

I inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning.  I am Academic Lead at Futurelearn, and co-investigator on the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory and Juxtalearn projects. Previous projects as Principal Investigator include nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry, and Personal Inquiry to support inquiry-based learning of science topics between formal and non-formal settings, and a collaboration with Sharp Labs Europe to develop software on mobile phones for incidental language learning.  I am Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. I have authored over 300 papers in the areas of educational technology, science education, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

 

 

Research interests

Human-centred design and evaluation of educational technologies

Mobile and contextual learning

Design-based research

Co-Investigator of the Wolfson OpenScience Laboratory

Co-investigator of JUXTALEARN European Commission project

Research contribution to iSpot system

Teaching interests

Teaching innovation:

Pedagogy for eBooks project to promote research-led innovation within the OU, by understanding the opportunities to enhance teaching and learning processes of postgraduate students through next generation e-book technology, and examining new pedagogic practices that this emerging technology could support.

Production of a series of Innovating Pedagogies reports, to inform policy makers and practitioners of innovations in higher education.

Contribution to research and development of the iSpot system (http://www.ispot.org.uk/

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)CentreFaculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG)GroupInstitute of Educational Technology
CREET: Technology Enhanced Learning ClusterClusterInstitute of Educational Technology

 

Externally funded projects

Learning science and computing through juxtaposition performance in video making (H-11-023-AA)

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201230/Sep/2015EC (European Commission): FP (inc.Horizon2020 & ERC schemes)
School and University students studying science and technology often encounter barriers to their understanding of complex concepts. However, unlike in the arts, students are frequently poorly motivated to overcome these barriers. Focusing on ‘performance’ JuxtaLearn will provoke student curiosity in science and technology through creative film making and editing activities. Computational identification of students’ barriers to conceptual understanding will be overcome by scaffolded creative application of concepts in activities juxtaposed to traditional understanding. State of the art technologies will support students transferable reflections focusing on two pedagogical approaches: juxtaposition performance and reflective performance. Juxtaposition performance: JuxtaLearn ICMAs (Interactive Computer Marked Assessments) will support students’ identification of threshold concepts that are their own personal barriers to understanding. Students’ understanding will be enhanced by them creating personal performances through application of a theory in a formal activity and then again in a creative juxtaposed activity (e.g. physics used in music DJ-ing, chemistry occurring in kitchens, possible evolution of an alien race). New media and learning analytics of public video resources will facilitate student creative inspiration and further conceptual insight and understanding. Reflective performance: State of the art systems for automated and personalised film making and editing will support curiosity and creative expression. A deeper understanding will be reinforced through scaffolding reflections on essential elements in applying the theory. Students will, for example, be supported in instigating reflective decisions on what to film, how to film it and what and where to edit. Public displays will enable sharing and commenting of these performances thus encouraging public curiosity and a ‘buzz’ around specific complex concepts.

Publications

E-learning in school education in the coming 10 years for developing 21st century skills: critical research issues and policy implications (2014-01)
Kong, Siu Cheung; Chan, Tak-Wai; Griffin, Patrick; Hoppe, Ulrich; Huang, Ronghuai.; Kinshuk, ; Looi, Chee Kit; Milrad, Marcelo; Norris, Cathleeen; Nussbaum, Miguel; Sharples, Mike; So, Wing Muui Winnie; Soloway, Elliot and Yu, Shengquan
Educational Technology and Society, 17(1) (pp. 70-78)
Gameplay as a source of intrinsic motivation in a randomized controlled trial of auditory training (2014)
Hoare, Derek J.; Van Labeke, Nicolas; McCormack, Abby; Sereda, Magdalena; Smith, Sandra; Al Taher, Hala; Kowalkowski, Victoria L.; Sharples, Mike and Hall, Deborah A.
PLoS ONE, 9, Article e107430(9)
Personal inquiry: orchestrating science investigations within and beyond the classroom (2014)
Sharples, Mike; Scanlon, Eileen; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor; Crook, Charles; Jones, Ann; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Mulholland, Paul and O'Malley, Claire
The Journal of the Learning Sciences ((In press))
Shared orchestration within and beyond the classroom (2013-11)
Sharples, Mike
Computers and Education, 69 (pp. 504-506)
Mobile capture of remote points of interest using line of sight modelling (2013-03)
Meek, Sam; Priestnall, Gary; Sharples, Mike and Goulding, James
Computers and Geosciences, 52 (pp. 334-344)
Collaborative knowledge building with shared video representations (2013-01)
Barthel, Ralph; Ainsworth, Shaaron and Sharples, Mike
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 71(1) (pp. 59-75)
Mobile learning: research, practice and challenges (2013)
Sharples, Mike
Distance Education in China, 3(5) (pp. 5-11)
Guest Editorial Preface (2013)
Sharples, Mike and Specht, Marcus
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 5(4) (iv-vi)
Stakeholder engagement in the design of scenarios of technology-enhanced tourism services (2012-10)
McCabe, Scott; Sharples, Mike and Foster, Clare
Tourism Management Perspectives(4) (pp. 36-44)
Incidental second language vocabulary learning from reading novels: a comparison of three mobile modes (2012-10)
Fisher, Tony; Sharples, Mike; Pemberton, Richard; Ogata, Hiroaki; Uosaki, Noriko; Edmonds, Phil; Hull, Anthony and Tschorn, Patrick
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 4(4) (pp. 47-61)
nQuire: technological support for personal inquiry learning (2012-04-06)
Mulholland, Paul; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor; Feisst, Markus; Gaved, Mark; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Paxton, Mark; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike and Wright, Michael
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 5(2) (pp. 157-169)
Researching the ethical dimensions of mobile, ubiquitous,and immersive technology enhanced learning (MUITEL) in informal settings: a thematic review and dialogue (2012-03-13)
Lally, Vic; Sharples, Mike; Tracey, Frances; Bertram, Neil and Masters, Sherriden
Interactive Learning Environments, 20(3) (pp. 217-238)
Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning (2011-12)
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Jones, Robert and Priestnall, Gary
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(4) (pp. 70-85)
An evaluation of multimodal interactions with technology while learning science concepts (2011-03)
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples , Mike and Baber, Chris
British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(2) (pp. 266-290)
Guest Editorial: Special section on Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies for Learning (2010)
Sharples, Mike and Roschelle, Jeremy
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 3(1) (pp. 4-6)
Meeting the challenges in evaluating mobile learning: a 3-level evaluation framework (2009-04)
Vavoula, Giasemi and Sharples, Mike
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(2) (pp. 54-75)
Innovation in Mobile Learning: A European Perspective (2009-01)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Sharples, Mike; Milrad, Marcelo; Arnedillo-Sánchez, Inmaculada and Vavoula, Giasemi
International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(1) (pp. 13-35)
E-safety and Web 2.0 for children aged 11–16 (2009)
Sharples, M.; Graber, R.; Harrison, C. and Logan, K.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25(1) (pp. 70-84)
Myartspace: Design and evaluation of support for learning with multimedia phones between classrooms and museums (2009)
Vavoula, Giasemi; Sharples , Mike ; Rudman, Paul; Meek, Julia and Lonsdale, Peter
Computers and Education, 53(2) (pp. 286-299)
Seamless learning despite context (2015-09-29)
Sharples, Mike
In: Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Milrad, Marcelo and Specht, Marcus eds. Seamless Learning in the Age of Mobile Connectivity ((In press))
ISBN : 978-981-287-112-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Singapore
The design and evaluation of a sensor-based mobile application for citizen inquiry science investigations (2014-09)
Herodotou, Christothea; Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy and Sharples, Mike
In: Rensing, Christoph; de Freitas, Sara; Ley, Tobias and Muñoz-Merino , Pedro J. eds. Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities: 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2014, Graz, Austria, September 16-19, 2014, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8719) (pp. 434-439)
ISBN : 978-3-319-11199-5 | Publisher : SpringerInternational Publishing
Mobile learning (2014)
Sharples, Mike and Pea, Roy
In: Sawyer, R. Keith ed. The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (Second edition). Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology (pp. 501-521)
ISBN : 9781107626577 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : New York
Weaving location and narrative for mobile guides (2013-05)
Sharples, Mike; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Mulholland, Paul and Jones, Robert
In: Schrøder, Kim and Drotner, Kirsten eds. Museum Communication and Social Media: The Connected Museum. Routledge Research in Museum Studies
ISBN : 978-0-415-83318-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York
Seamless learning: an international perspective on next-generation technology-enhanced learning (2013-04-24)
Milrad, Marcelo; Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Sharples, Mike; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Looi, Chee-Kit and Ogata, Hiroaki
In: Berge, Zane L. and Muilenburg, Lin Y. eds. Handbook of Mobile Learning (pp. 95-108)
ISBN : 978-0-415-50369-3 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Learning on field trips with mobile technology (2013-04-17)
Meek, Sam; Fitzgerald, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Priestnall, Gary
In: Kinuthia, Wanjira and Marshall, Stewart eds. On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development. Educational Design and Technology in the Knowledge Society
Publisher : Information Age Publishing Inc. | Published : Charlotte, NC.
Editorial introduction: orchestrating inquiry learning (2012)
Littleton, Karen; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen
In: Littleton, Karen; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike eds. Orchestrating Inquiry Learning (pp. 1-6)
ISBN : 978-0-415-60113-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Oxford
Designing orchestration for inquiry learning (2011-12-02)
Sharples, Mike and Anastopoulou, Stamatina
In: Littleton, Karen; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike eds. Orchestrating Inquiry Learning (pp. 69-85)
ISBN : 978-0-415-60112-2 | Publisher : Routledge
The genesis and development of mobile learning in Europe (2011)
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Sharples, Mike; Milrad, Marcelo; Arnedillo-Sánchez , Inmaculada and Vavoula, Giasemi
In: Parsons, David ed. Combining E-Learning and M-Learning: New Applications of Blended Educational Resources (pp. 151-177)
ISBN : 978-1-60960-481-3 | Publisher : Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global) | Published : Hershey, PA
Augmenting the field experience: a student-led comparison of techniques and technologies (2010)
Priestnall, Gary; Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Polmear, Gemma
In: Brown, Elizabeth ed. Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action. A report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series. (pp. 43-46)
ISBN : 9780853582649 | Publisher : Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham | Published : Nottingham, UK
A theory of learning for the mobile age: learning through conversation and exploration across contexts (2010)
Sharples, Mike; Taylor, Josie and Vavoula, Giasemi
In: Bachmair, Ben ed. Medienbildung in neuen Kulturräumen: die deutschprachige und britische Diskussion (pp. 87-99)
ISBN : 978-3-531-16755-8 | Publisher : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Published : Wiesbaden
Reflecting back, looking forward: the challenges for location-based learning (2010)
Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Wishart, Jocelyn; Tangney, Brendan; Taylor, Jacqui; Beddall-Hill, Nicola L.; Glahn, Christian; Börner, Dirk; Clough, Gill; Wijers, Monica; Jonker, Vincent; Cook, John and Lyons, Leilah
In: Brown, Elizabeth ed. Education in the Wild: Contextual and Location-Based Mobile Learning in Action. A Report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous Workshop Series (pp. 52-53)
ISBN : 9780853582649 | Publisher : Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham | Published : Nottingham, UK
A theory of learning for the mobile age (2007)
Sharples, Mike; Taylor, Josie and Vavoula, Giasemi
In: Andrews, Richard and Haythornthwaite, Caroline eds. The Sage Handbook of E-learning Research (pp. 221-247)
ISBN : 9781412919388 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Orchestrating Inquiry Learning (2012-12-01)
Littleton, Karen; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-60113-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Inquiring Rock Hunters (2014-10)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (16-19 September 2014, Graz, Austria) (pp. 546-547)
Innovative pedagogy at massive scale: teaching and learning in MOOCs (2014)
Ferguson, Rebecca and Sharples, Mike
In : 9th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2014): Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities (16-19 September 2014, Graz, Austria) (pp. 98-111)
Scaffolding citizen inquiry science learning through the nQuire toolkit. (2014)
Herodotou, Christothea; Villasclaras-Fernandez, Eloy and Sharples, Mike
In : EARLI SIG 20: Computer Supported Inquiry Learning (18-20 August 2014, Malmö University, Sweden) (p 5)
A design-based study of Citizen Inquiry for geology (2013-11)
Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen and Sharples, Mike
In : EC-TEL 2013 Eighth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (17 - 21 September 2013, Paphos (Cyprus)) (pp. 7-13)
nQuire for the OpenScience Lab: supporting communities of inquiry learning (2013-09)
Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy; Sharples, Mike; Kelley, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen
In : 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2013) (17-21 September 2013, Paphos, Cyprus) (pp. 585-588)
Supporting citizen inquiry: an investigation of Moon rock (2013-09)
Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy; Sharples, Mike; Kelley, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen
In : 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2013) (17-21 September 2013, Paphos, Cyprus) (pp. 383-395)
Zapp: learning about the distant landscape (2012-10)
Sharples, Mike; Meek, Sam and Priestnall, Gary
In : 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2012) (15-18 October 2012, Helsinki, Finland )
Methods and models of next generation technology enhanced learning - White Paper (2011)
Mwanza-Simwami , Daisy; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Clough, Gill; Whitelock, Denise; Ferguson, Rebecca and Sharples, Mike
In : Alpine Rendezvous 2011 (28-29 March 2011, La Clusaz, France)
A “laboratory of knowledge-making” for personal inquiry learning (2011)
Sharples, Mike; Collins, Trevor; Feißt, Markus; Gaved, Mark; Mulholland, Paul; Paxton, Mark and Wright, Michael
In : 15th International Conference, AIED 2011 (28 June - 01 July 2011, Auckland, New Zealand)
Technology in context: summary findings from the Capital Project (2011)
Manches, A.; Sharples, M. and Crook, C.
In : CAL 2011 (13-15 April 2011, Manchester)
Toponimo: A Geosocial Pervasive Game for English Second Language Learning (2011)
Sweeney, Thomas; Sharples , Mike and Pemberton , Richard
In : Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2011) (18-21 October, 2011, Beijing, China)
Guidelines for the design of location-based audio for mobile learning (2010)
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike; Jones, Robert and Priestnall, Gary
In : Proceedings of the mLearn 2010 Conference (19-22 Oct 2010, Valetta, Malta)
Three perspectives on technology support in inquiry learning: personal inquiry, mobile collaboratories and emerging learning objects (2010)
Wichmann, Astrid; Hoppe , Ulrich H.; Spikol , Daniel; Milrad, Marcelo; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Sharples, Mike; Pea, Roy; Maldonado , Heidy and de Jong , Ton
In : 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning in the Disciplines (29 June- 2 July 2010, Chicago, IL, USA)
Orchestrating learning in a one-to-one technology classroom (2010)
Niramitranon, Jeff; Sharples, Mike; Greenhalgh, Chris and Lin , Chiu-Pin
In : The 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education (WMUTE 2010) (12-16 April 2010, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Maintaining continuity of inquiry learning experiences across contexts: teacher’s management strategies and the role of technology (2010)
Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Yang, Yang; Paxton, Mark; Sharples, Mike; Crook, Charles; Ainsworth, Shaaron and O'Malley, Claire
In : Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice. Proceedings of 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (28 Sept -1 Oct 2010, Barcelona, Spain)
The Affordances of Presentations in Multi-Display Learning Spaces for Supporting Small Group Discussion (2010)
Bligh , Brett and Sharples, Mike
In : Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice. Proceedings of 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (28 Sept -1 Oct 2010, Barcelona, Spain)
Field trip data collection: Online data update versus synchronisation (2010)
Feißt, M.; Paxton, M. and Sharples, M.
In : Proceedings of mLearn 2010, World Conference on Mobile and contextual Learning (19-22 October 2010, Valetta, Malta. University of Malta)
A student-led comparison of techniques for augmenting the field experience (2009)
Priestnall, Gary; Brown, Elizabeth; Sharples, Mike and Polmear, Gemma
In : mLearn 2009 Conference (26-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Orchestrating collaborative Learning in a 1:1 technology classroom (2009)
Niramitranon, Jitti; Sharples , Mike and Greenhalgh, Chris
In : Artificual Intelligence in Education: Building Learning Systems that Care: From Knowledge Representation to Affective Modelling (6-10th July 2009, Brighton, UK)
Mobile learning of vocabulary from reading novels: a comparison of three modes (2009)
Fisher, T.; Pemberton, R.; Sharples, M.; Ogata, H.; Uosaki, N.; Edmonds, P.; Hull, A. and Tschorn, P
In : mLearn 2009: 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (28-30 October 2009, Orlando, FL, USA)
Mobile game based learning for peer educators of males having sex with males community in India (2009)
Roy, Anupama; Evans , Catrin; Sharples, Mike and Benford , Steve
In : Proceedings of 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2009) (28-30 Oct 2009, Orlando, Florida)
Beyond prototypes: Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning (2013)
Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike; Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark; Fleck, James; Cooban, Caroline; Ferguson, Rebecca; Cross, Simon and Waterhouse, Peter
Open University, Milton Keynes.
Location-based and contextual mobile learning. A STELLAR Small-Scale Study (2010)
Brown, Elizabeth; Börner, Dirk; Sharples, Mike; Glahn, Christian; de Jong, Tim and Specht, Marcus
STELLAR European Network of Excellence in TEL (EU)
A study of effective evaluation models and practices for technology supported physical learning spaces (JELS) (2009-06-01)
Pearshouse, Ian; Bligh, Brett; Brown, Elizabeth; Lewthwaite, Sarah; Graber, Rebecca; Hartnell-Young, Elizabeth and Sharples, Mike
JISC