According to a recent report from mobile manufacturerEricsson, studies show that:“by 2015, 80% of people accessing theInternet will be doing so from mobiledevices.”Perhaps more important for education:“Internet- capable mobile devices willoutnumber computers within the next year.”Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report -Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.
“Education will need to become more technologicallyresponsive and sophisticated, incorporating mobile andwireless learning at the core of their provision”“Looking at mobile learning in a wider context, we haveto recognize that mobile, personal, and wireless devicesare now radically transforming societal notions ofdiscourse and knowledge, and are responsible for newforms of art, employment, language, commerce,deprivation, and crime, as well as learning.”John Traxler 2007Professor of Mobile Learning & Director of Learning LabUniversity of Wolverhampton
“New generations of young peoplewho have grown up with digitaltechnology have high expectationsof anytime, anywhere learning, butmany learners do not have a clearunderstanding of how coursescould or should use technology tosupport learning. They are stillvery much reliant on lecturers forguidance.”JISC LEARNER EXPERIENCES
What isMOBILElearning?The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld hardware,wireless networking and mobile telephony toFACILITATEsupportENHANCE AND EXTEND THE REACH OFteaching andLEARNING.MOLENET (2007 – 2010)
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Encourages time-managementFits into the lives of learnersCONTEXTUALISATIONEnables new learning environmentsBite-sized learning contentIMMEDIACY OF COMMUNICATIONOpportunities for reflection close to learning eventPERVASIVE &UBIQUITOUSPersonal, private and familiarPromotes Active LearningAccess to Mentors, Tutors and PeersUser-generated ContentIncreases accessibility for manyPortableMore learner centeredWhyMOBILElearning?Convenient
Helpful guides:Emerging Practicein a Digital Age(JISC)Mobile LearninginfoKit(JISC infoNet)