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Mobile Learning Definitions

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Mobile Learning Definitions

Mobile Learning Definitions

  1. 1. Module 2:Mobile Learning &Mobile Technology 2
  2. 2. What is mobile learning? DEFINITIONRight now, there are manydefinitions.- Some focus on thetechnology;- Some focus on the learners. 3
  3. 3. What is mobile learning?TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED DEFINITION- Any activity that allows individuals tobe more productive when consuming,interacting with, or creating information,mediated through a compact digitalportable device that the individual carrieson a regular basis, has reliableconnectivity, and fits in a pocket orpurse. (eLearning Guild 360 MobileLearning Research Report, 2007) 4
  4. 4. What is mobile learning? LEARNER-FOCUSED DEFINITIONS- “Mobile learning is when the learningexperience that you’re trying to designhappens to be out and about in theworld.” (Dikkers, 2012)- Learning that arises in the course ofperson-to-person mobile communication.(Nyiri, 2002) 5
  5. 5. Mobile Learning LIST 5 POSSIBLE ADVANTAGES:1)______________________________2)______________________________3)______________________________4)______________________________5)______________________________ 6
  6. 6. Mobile LearningLIST 5 POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES:1)______________________________2)______________________________3)______________________________4)______________________________5)______________________________ 7
  7. 7. Mobile Learning COMPARE YOUR LIST WITH A RESEARCHER’S:What are the advantages?1.Personal2.Authentic life situations3.Spontaneous4.Opportunistic5.Informal6.Context-aware - knows where you are7.Knows what you like8.Portable (source: Traxel, 2007) 8
  8. 8. Mobile Learning COMPARE YOUR LIST WITH A RESEARCHER’S:What are the challenges?1.Security2.Native apps (Android, iPhone, Blackberry)3.Cleanliness4.Not designed to be shared5.Media production6.Distraction (source: Traxel, 2007) 9
  9. 9. What is an Affordance? DEFINITION“A quality of an object, or anenvironment, which allows anindividual to perform an action,and is readily perceivable bythe actor.” Don Norman 10
  10. 10. Example of an Affordance: A Door Handle EXAMPLE “A quality of an object...” “...allows an individual to perform an action...” “ ...readily perceivable...” 11
  11. 11. Why are affordances important for mobile learning?Designers use affordances to harness thepower of mobile devices for teaching and learning. (YOU CAN TOO!) 12
  12. 12. Mobile Learning LIST 5 AFFORDANCES FOR MOBILE DEVICES:1)______________________________2)______________________________3)______________________________4)______________________________5)______________________________ 13
  13. 13. Mobile Learning COMPARE YOUR LIST WITH A RESEARCHER’S:portability - can take the computer to different sites andmove around within a locationsocial interactivity - can exchange data and collaborate withother people face to facecontext sensitivity - can gather data unique to the currentlocation, environment, and time, including both real andsimulated data(source: Klopfer, 2012) 14
  14. 14. Mobile Learning COMPARE YOUR LIST WITH A RESEARCHER’S:connectivity - can connect handhelds to data collectiondevices, other handhelds and to a common network that createsa true shared environmentindividuality - can provide unique scaffolding that iscustomized to the individuals path of investigation(source: Klopfer, 2012) 15
  15. 15. Children’s Access to Mobile Technology- Over 50% have a cell phone- 30% have a portable game player- 20% have a digital music player Source: Sesame Workshop, 2007 16
  16. 16. Mobile Devices in the Workplace- In a few years, number of mobiledevices worldwide will exceed numberof PCs. Source: Garg, 2012 17
  17. 17. Mobile Devices in the Workplace- By 2015, more than half of U.S.workers will access Web mostly viamobile devices. Source: Garg, 2012 18
  18. 18. Mobile Learning Supports 21st Century LearningCOLLABORATION SKILLS- Peer-to-peer and peer-to-teacherCOMMUNICATION SKILLS- Support “conversational learning” through texting,e-mail & social-networking applications Source: Sesame Workshop, 2007 19

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