Is learning support by text messaging mobile learning?
Must it be a smart-phone. I would have called taking an Apple Classic into the garden on an extension cable and using it in a cardboard box to shield it from the sun as mobility of some kind - indeed development of the use of laptops in the last 15 years has been mobile and in 1997 I shot a training video for the RAC on a roadside device called ‘hardbody’ that was a navigational tool to locate the breakdown, a database of parts, a diagnostic for fault finding and fixing and a way for customers to pay.
The prospects for and possibilities of mobile computing have been known for a long time.
Getting them into the hands of students has taken longer as prices have fallen and broadband made readily available.
Was a cassette on a Sony Walkman mobile learning, or more recently is something from iTunes U on an MP3 player mobile e-learning? Yes, surely if its function is educational or it is resource tailored for a specific module.
- Convenience and flexibility - the university in your pocket. Ditch the folders, files and print outs.
- Relevance - situated
- Learner control - mine (personalised Apps, choice of phone and case ...)
- Good use of 'dead time' - on the bus, train, passenger in car ... in bed, in front of TV, on the loo or in the bath.
- Fits many different learning styles - short burst or lengthier intense periods
- Improves social learning (i.e. Communicating with peers and experts)
- Encourages reflection - easy to take notes (audio as dictaphone or text)
- Easy evidence collection - photos and audio (screen grabs from online research), tag finds.
- Supported decision making
- Speedier remediation - instant
- Improved learner confidence
- Easily digestible learning - where 'chunked' though this should be a choice where content has been suitably prepared for web usability.
- Heightened engagement - feeds alerts that can be responded to in a timely fashion. Makes synchronous and quasi-synchronous forum feedback possible.
- Better planning for face-to-face - organiser, contactable 24/7 (almost)
- Great for induction - keeping in touch, easy to ask questions, familiar, universal and everyday.
- Elimination of technological barriers - basic, intuitive, commonplace.
- Designed once then delivered across multiple platforms - responsive design (using HTML 5)
- Easily trackable via wifi - and GPS
- Cost-effective build
- A means to recoup money
- Technology advances with Apps
- Technology advances with interface, voice command and other tools.
- Everything in one place, including TV, radio, podcasts, photogallery ...
- Assistive technology - add a micro-projector, wifi-keyboard, sync to other devices such as tablet, laptop and desktop, augmented learning ...
- Replacement technology - starting to replace money, already replacing cameras, MP3 players, address book, organiser, games console, remote control, torch, dictaphone ... pen and paper, art pad ...
(In part from Dr Chris Davies, Head of the e-learning research group, Oxford Prof. John Traxler, Prof. Of Mobile Learning (2011 )
(last accessed 10 Dec 2012)