Teachers Matter: Challenges of Using a Location-Based Mobile Learning Platform

  • Christian Sailer
  • Joram Schito
  • Peter Kiefer
  • Martin Raubal
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 560)


This paper presents the design of a learning management system for location-based mobile learning and reports on first experiences of ongoing user studies with a location-based mobile learning platform. This platform allows teachers to create location-based mobile learning units as editors that can be consumed by students using mobile devices with self-localization capabilities, such as the Global Positioning System or network positioning. We show hands-on challenges of location-based mobile learning and emphasize the role of teachers as learning unit designers. We determine five aspects relevant for the challenges of location-based mobile learning: environment, technology, teaching, learner, and teacher’s spatial cognitive competences. For every aspect, predictable and non-predictable challenges may exist. We describe these five aspects and focus on the challenges encountered to enhance professionalism in the didactic use of location-based mobile learning based on related work, diaries, and interviews of initial studies with our learning platform. In this respect, our experiences with the ongoing project support the importance of teachers for the success of location-based mobile learning concepts.


Location-based mobile learning Location-awareness Mobile learning management system Context-awareness Teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Sailer
    • 1
  • Joram Schito
    • 1
  • Peter Kiefer
    • 1
  • Martin Raubal
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation, Chair of Geoinformation EngineeringETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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