Some statistics In January 2009: Newspaper circulation: 480 million Cars on road: 800 million Cable and satellite television subscriptions: 850 million Desktops, laptops and netbooks currently in use: 1 billion Fixed land line telephone connections:1.2 billion e-mail users: 1.3 billion Internet users: 1.4 billion Credit card users: 1.7 billion Mobile Subscribers: 4 billion Over 60% of world population!
are accessible to learners (it is increasing at a faster rate);
are cheap and affordable (less costly for both institutions and learners);
are useful for numerous teaching functions (and are useful in learner support);
are interactive and therefore improve two-way communication at a distance and reduce the transactional distance between the learner and the teacher and the educational institution because mobile technologies are easy to use and user friendly;
are so pervasive and simple that they require less organisational preparedness;
have novelty value, as they are the latest technology trend (and can motivate both teachers and learners to use); and
provide the highest speed (quickness) in terms of access to latest information and knowledge from anywhere, anytime.
to provide access to learning materials and resources anytime, anywhere;
to improve teacher-learner and learner-learner interaction;
to interact with the learning materials and resources such as self-tests;
to provide administrative information about schedules, calendar, programme information, grades and results;
to provide motivational messages and guidance; and
to provide opportunities to undertake fieldwork and context-sensitive projects in specific courses.
Identify needs Teleconference, Chatting, Discussion Games Eligibility in a programme of study Grade in assignment and term end examination Interactive (query) Tips, news, etc. Podcast lectures Video Last date of submission of assignments Last date of filling examination forms Cancellation of a counselling session Non-interactive (broadcast) Dynamic info Static Info