Digital Place-based Learning

Authored by: Julie M. Sykes

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Technology

Print publication date:  February  2022
Online publication date:  February  2022

Print ISBN: 9780815360773
eBook ISBN: 9781351117586
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While present in the research literature for almost a decade prior, the release of Pokemon Go! brought place-based interaction to the forefront of the public eye. Spurred forward by a record 21 million players in the first week, place-based augmented reality games have continued to receive attention for both entertainment and learning purposes. The field of place-based learning represents a decade-long effort to situate learning experiences in the physical world while also augmenting that experience with semiotic resources, tasks, and prompts to facilitate learning. This chapter explores place-based language learning and synthesizes previous research done in the area. In addition, it draws on relevant design and implementation principles related to five key issues: (1) Interactivity, (2) Context, (3) Engagement, (4) Learning Features, and (5) Technological Affordances. The chapter concludes with a discussion of future directions for research and implementation.

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