English in class and on the go: Multimodal u-Learning


  • Soraya García-Sánchez Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria




CALL, e-Learning, digital mediated learning, English as a Foreign Language, interactive, u-Learning, virtual learning environments


This article aims to analyse different ubiquitous learning (u-Learning) platforms used when learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL) as part of the Modern Languages Degree at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). The combination of face-to-face lessons with multimedia content and digital mediated learning allows today’s native students to enhance their independent learning abilities when it best suits them. Successful u-learning takes place when ULPGC students have access to different interactive activities, content videos, screencast presentations and automatic evaluation systems that contribute to improve learners’ language learning skills. Students are especially immersed in an EFL learning environment when accessing the Moodle-based Virtual Campus, Prometeo and Picasst multimodal virtual learning environments. The subject considered in this study, English Language II, allowed learners to access authentic cultural and language content not only by means of face-to-face classes but also through reinforcement activities via u-learning platforms.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Soraya García-Sánchez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Departamento de Filología Moderna


Bomsdorf, B. (2005). Adaptation of Learning Spaces: Supporting Ubiquitous Learning in Higher Education. Dagstuhl Seminar proceedings: Mobile Computing and Ambient Intelligence: The Challenge of Multimedia.

Cavus, N. & Dogan I. (2009). m-Learning: An experiment in using SMS to support learning new English language words. British Journal of Educational Technology. 40(1): 78-91. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2007.00801.x

Cope, B. & Kalantzis, M. (Eds.) (2010). Ubiquitous Learning. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Craig, A. B. et al. (2010). Immersive Environments for Massive, Multiperson, Online Learning. In Cope B. and Kalantzis M. (Eds.), Ubiquitous Learning. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp.131-143.

Fraser, K. (2006). A Blended Learning Approach to Teaching, Introduction to Multimedia – The E Bit! AISHE Conference proceedings.

García-Sánchez, M. S., C. Guerra-Artal, M. D. Afonso-Suárez (2012). Ubiquitous Learning and Prometeo for English Language Learners. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 4(1):65-76. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press. https://doi.org/10.18848/1835-9795/CGP/v04i01/40323

García-Sánchez, M. S. (2009) Conscious Learning and Motivation: Online English and Spanish Students Interface. Annals of Language Learning: Proceedings of the 2009 International Online Language Conference. Florida: Universal Publishers.

Hartsell, T. & S. C. Yin Yuen. (2006). Video Streaming in Online Learning. AACE Journal, 14(1): 31-43. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Hwang, G.J. et al. (2010). A Heuristic Algorithm for planning personalized learning paths for context-aware ubiquitous learning. Computers & Education, 54(2): 404-415. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2009.08.024

Prensky, M. (2001). The games generation: How learners have changed. Digital Game- Based Learning, 1-26. Retrieved September 2nd, 2011, from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20-%20ch2-digital%20game- based%20learning.pdf

Prensky, M. (2006). Don’t Bother me Mum, I’m Learning. New York: Paragon House.

Rheeder, R., R. Diseko & G. Lautenbach (2007). The design of interactivity for a web based learning environment at a higher education institution, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on e-Learning.

Samaras, H., T. Giouvanakis, D. Bousiou and K. Tarabanis (2004). Towards a New Generation of Multimedia Learning Research. AACE Journal. 14(1): 3-30. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Syvänen, A. et al. (2005) Supporting Pervasive Learning Environments: Adaptability and Context Awareness in Mobile Learning. Wireless and Mobile Technologies in Education, WMTE. IEEE International Workshop.

The European Higher Education Area website. Retrieved February 27th, 2012, from http://www.ehea.info

Twidale, M. B. (2010). From ubiquitous computing to ubiquitous learning. In Cope B. and Kalantzis M. (Eds.), Ubiquitous Learning. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp. 72-92.

Uzunboylu, H. et al. (2009). Using mobile learning to increase environmental awareness. Computers & Education, 52(2): 381-389. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2008.09.008

Weiser, M. (1996). Ubiquitous Computing. Retrieved August 27th, 2011, from http://www.ubiq.com/hypertext/weiser/UbiHome.html






Research papers