A comprehensive framework for designing and evaluating vocabulary learning apps from multiple perspectives

Yuge TU, Di ZOU, Ruofei ZHANG

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Abstract

The integration of emerging mobile technology into the education domain has become increasingly ubiquitous. This research reviewed the advantages and challenges of mobile learning, discussed the key factors that promote effective vocabulary learning and conducted a survey to investigate and identify the ten most popular word learning apps. Based on the results, we analysed the key features of the popular apps and summarised the elements that play crucial roles in leading to successful learning. Based on such analyses, we also developed a comprehensive framework for designing and evaluating vocabulary learning apps, covering dimensions, such as content quality, multimodal presentation, engagement, personalisation, repetition and usability. A popular app, Vocabulary.com, was also assessed utilising the proposed framework. Users, evaluators, designers and developers of word-learning apps are expected to benefit from this research by being provided with a comprehensive understanding of app-facilitated vocabulary learning and essential features of effective word learning apps. Copyright © 2020 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-397
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online date04 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Tu, Y., Zou, D., & Zhang, R. (2020). A comprehensive framework for designing and evaluating vocabulary learning apps from multiple perspectives. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 14(3), 370-397. doi: 10.1504/IJMLO.2020.108199

Keywords

  • Word learning APPs
  • Mobile learning
  • Vocabulary learning
  • Technology-enhanced language learning
  • Multimedia learning
  • Engagement
  • Personalisation
  • Repetition
  • Usability
  • Second language vocabulary acquisition

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