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Presented at the CALRG Annual Conference, June 2015. http://www.open.ac.uk/research-groups/calrg/conferences/annual-conference
Over the past three years we have been developing a framework intended to facilitate both the occurrence and evaluation of incidental learning. This work has been part of the MASELTOV project, supported by the European Commission, eInclusion programme FP7-ICT-7. The project intends to exploit the potential of mobile services for promoting integration and cultural diversity in Europe, and is focusing on support for immigrants with particular needs e.g. those who have not learned foreign languages, and who have a cultural background that contrasts with that of their host country.
The goal of the Incidental Learning Framework is to facilitate the creation of technology rich learning opportunities which emanate from incidental learning i.e. learning that is spontaneous and unplanned. As a design tool its use should encourage links and triggers to structured and reflective learning to back up and deepen learning that happens incidentally. The framework is a descriptive mechanism that enhances analysis and evaluation of incidental learning, and a generative tool to support discussions around software system design. It facilitates the communication of learning design ideas both visually and textually.
Initial work was presented at the CALRG conference in 2012, and the framework has been under development since that time (Brasher et al., 2012, Gaved et al., 2013, Kukulska-Hulme et al., in press). Development of the framework has included expert evaluation, and changes in response to data acquired from field trials of a mobile app intended to support language and cultural learning. In this paper we describe the development, use and evaluation of the framework to date, and reflect on lessons learnt.