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Mobile learning in environmental citizen science: An initial survey of current practice in Germany

Ulrike Sturm, Alexandra Moormann and Astrid Faber


Citizen science is a growing approach in science and the opportunities of new technologies and learning are considered more and more. We give an overview of the current practice of mobile learning in Germany by conducting an explorative survey among environmental citizen science projects using mobile apps. This study supports the idea that education is relevant in citizen science, and apps affect the learning experience of participants. However, several obstacles were identified that need to be considered, to be able to fully exploit the benefits of mobile learning in citizen science.

Funding statement: This publication was written as part of the project ‘Stadtnatur entdecken’, funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).


We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Armin Lude, David Ziegler and the German citizen science platform for their help and support. We also thank Korantema Anyimadu for reviewing our English language.


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Received: 2017-8-31
Revised: 2017-11-13
Accepted: 2018-1-29
Published Online: 2018-2-28
Published in Print: 2018-3-1

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