m-Learning –Power in theWorker’s PocketMobile Learning (m-Learning) is a rapidly growingcomponent of blended and e-Learning solutions.Leveraging the power in our students’ pockets toprovide opportunities for alternative modes of deliveryand interaction is an exciting step forward for education.In this session Peter will highlight some case studies ofeffective mobile use in the tertiary sector while providingdirection and lessons learned for future effective use ofm-Learning in the vocational and adult education ﬁelds.Peter Mellow e-Learning Advisor,Centre for e-Learning Curtin Universitywww.petermellow.com
• Overview of the mLearning landscape and technology use in education• Our students• Case studies• Considerations for mLearning use in education
“The goal is anorganisationthat isconstantlymaking itsfuture ratherthan defendingits past.”Hamel & Valikangas, 2003September Harvard Business Review
1903 2012“The teaching of typing was hindered by the lack of typewriters” George George, Director of Auckland Technical School (AUT) 1902-1922
1903 2012 BYOD“The teaching of typing was hindered by the lack of typewriters” George George, Director of Auckland Technical School (AUT) 1902-1922
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“If you can do it you must do it, otherwise your competitors will…”“These are just technologies. Using themdoes not make you modern, smart, moral,wise, fair, or decent. It just makes you ableto communicate, compete and collaboratefarther and faster. In the absence of a world-destabilising war, every one of thesetechnologies will become cheaper, lighter,smaller and more personal, mobile, digitaland virtual.” Thomas Friedman - The World is Flat
2004 Mobilearn conference in Rome• mLearning is a sub-set of eLearning- as such it needs to be considered within a blended learning strategy in the same way that any education institution or corporate training department needs to view all other learning delivery methods.• mLearning is a means to enhance the broader learning experience, not (as we predicted for eLearning) a primary method for delivering courses/distance learning.• mLearning is a powerful method for engaging learners on their own terms especially for those who could be classed as non-traditional learners or for those groups of students who cannot participate in classroom learning for whatever reason. (Valentine, 2004)
• “And despite what some may consider cell phones “limitations,” our students are already inventing ways to use their phones to learn what they want to know.• If we educators are smart, well figure out how to deliver our product in a way that fits into our students digital lives - and their cell phones. And instead of wasting our energy fighting their preferred delivery system, well be working to ensure that our students extract maximum understanding and benefit from the vast amounts of cell phone-based learning they will all, no doubt, soon be receiving.”• Prensky, M. (2004) What can you learn from a cell phone? Almost Anything!
“Overall, the largest beneﬁt gained by technology has been the ability to get the information to students on their terms”.What guides educational development: pedagogy ortechnology? Palmer & Devitt 2005 - AUC conference
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 2007, 23(2), 171-186. AJET 23Australian undergraduates use and ownership of emergingtechnologies: Implications and opportunities for creatingengaging learning experiences for the Net GenerationBeverley Oliver and Veronica GoerkeCurtin University of Technology Studies and commentary from the United States suggest that current undergraduates, part of the so called Net Generation, are high end users of emerging technologies such as mobile devices and new communication tools. This paper reports results from an Australian study of first year undergraduates which confirms these assertions: ownership of laptops, mobile phones and music devices appears to be growing rapidly among this group, along with their use of tools such as instant messaging, blogs and podcasts. Discussion of these results include suggestions as to how teachers of first year undergraduates can incorporate these tools and devices into extramural learning experiences in order to increase engagement and exploit the Net Generations desire for connectedness.IntroductionUndergraduates "digital backpacks" are likely to hold all manner of convergent mobile devices and tools(Millea, Green, & Putland, 2005) designed to keep the multi-tasking Net Generation connected andalways on (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005). The contents of these students "digital backpacks" areinteresting not just in themselves, but because of what they indicate about their owners electronichabitats and the activities they find potentially engaging. Oblinger and Oblinger, drawing on studies inthe United States, claim that todays Net Generation (born between 1982 and 1991, making themcurrently between about 14 and 23 years of age) began using computers between the ages of 5 and 8; intheir teenage years, they used the Web extensively for school research (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005).
“…whether we like it or not,whether we are ready forit or not,Mobile learningrepresents the next stepin a long tradition oftechnology-mediatedlearning.”Ellen D. Wagner, Educause Review vol 40, no. 3May/June 2005 pp. 40-53