Alex Preiss | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

mESL Mobile Learning Analysis and Redesign of a New Language-Learning Application

Alex Preiss, M.A. in Instructional Technology & Media

This integrative project analyzes the effectiveness of mESL, a new language-learning tool designed for students who lack the technology to access the internet from their mobile devices. Although pilot testing of mESL’s beta version yielded a generally positive response among its users, the product was not created with instructional design principles in mind. mESL’s inability to provide collaborative, authentic activities or facilitate a learner-centered environment exposed the application’s design flaws. Using Jan Egbert’s “Optimal Conditions for Language Learning” (2007) as a framework for analysis, along with the data and observations gathered from the pilot sessions, this project offers a redesign of the application. Some of the proposed changes to mESL include greater interactivity, more differentiation, and enhanced learner autonomy. These changes will help mESL establish itself as a unique tool that provides a genuine, long-term language-learning solution to students from anywhere in the world.

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