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Fitting in versus learning

One interesting finding from SALSA was the tension for participants between language learning, and ‘fitting in’. We imagined that the SALSA system would help students learn more effectively, and stay motivated between classroom learning sessions, by having prompts to keep … Continue reading

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Wrapping up!

The SALSA project¬†has officially finished, though our analysis of data continues and we’re starting to write up our findings, as well as exploring ways to take the work forward (get in contact if our work sounds interesting!). Our trial ran … Continue reading

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SALSA- Live in Milton Keynes!

SALSA is now running live in Milton Keynes! We have 27 beacons across the town, triggering 12 different learning scenarios. Currently, we have a group of English language learners trying out our system and keeping a diary to record their … Continue reading

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Field trials: starting soon!

The SALSA project is ready to field trial our system around Milton Keynes. During July, we’ll be asking a group of language learners to take a smartphone with them while they are out and about in their daily activities around … Continue reading

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What is suitable content for location-triggered learning?

With the kind support of the Open University we’ve been able to commission some learning activities specifically for the SALSA project. We’ve worked from our experience with the previous MASELTOV project and been working on what we think would be … Continue reading

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Ready to go!

We’ve had a busy Spring at SALSA. Richard’s been working on the app and we now have a fully tested system ready to go. We’ve been checking everything at the Open University and we’re now ready for deployment. ¬†Peter’s also … Continue reading

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Beacons, beacons, beacons!

Happy 2015! This month we’ve been working hard on developing our app, and getting it talking to beacons. It’s thrown up a lot of interesting questions about how people might interact with beacons and what they might want to see. … Continue reading

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Why mobile phones for learning?

SALSA is exploring how and where people use their mobile phones for language learning, and more specifically, smartphones. But why are we thinking about smartphones? In the MASELTOV project, the Open University has been part of a consortium exploring how … Continue reading

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A little background reading…

The SALSA project has grown from a number of different research strands in the Open University. A direct connection comes from our participation in the EU funded MASELTOV project, exploring how smartphones can be used to support social inclusion and … Continue reading

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We’ve started! get in touch!

SALSA has officially started! Mark (Gaved), the lead researcher, has now started his new post as a lecturer in the Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology and so we’re starting to develop our initial proposal and think in detail about … Continue reading

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