Sultan Qaboos University College of Education Department of Instructional & Learning Technologies*Review of a DE technology: *Mlearning* Done by:Abir ALmuqrashi(89407) Fatema ALHajri(89407)
*Define the M LearningAny sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, orlearning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered bymobile technologies*Objectives of using the Mobile Learning in DE: Available anywhere, anytime and any pace. Be two way and multi-media Enhances knowledge No time constraints More independent Content is adaptable to meet individual needs Improved communication and organization Easier access, Increases motivation*Features of the Mobile Learning Enables knowledge building by learners in different contexts. Enables learners to construct understandings. M-learning is convenient, in the sense that it is accessible virtually from anywhere. Mobile technology often changes the pattern of learning/work activity.*Advantages of the Mobile Learning Relatively inexpensive opportunities, as the cost of mobile devices are significantly less than PCs and laptops Multimedia content delivery and creation options Continuous and situated learning support Decrease in training costs Potentially a more rewarding learning experience*Challenges of the Mobile Learning :
Technical challenges include: Connectivity and battery life. Screen size and key size. Meeting required bandwidth for nonstop/fast streaming Number of file/asset formats supported by a specific device Content security or copyright issue from authoring group Multiple standards, multiple screen sizes, multiple operating systems Reworking existing E-Learning materials for mobile platforms Limited memory. Risk of sudden obsolescence.Social and educational challenges include Accessibility and cost barriers for end users. How to assess learning outside the classroom How to support learning across many contexts Contents security or pirating issues Frequent changes in device models/technologies/functionality etc. Developing an appropriate theory of learning for the mobile age Conceptual differences between E- and M-learning Design of technology to support a lifetime of learning. Tracking of results and proper use of this information No restriction on learning timetable Personal and private information and content No demographic boundary Disruption of students personal and academic lives. Access to and use of the technology in developing countries. Risk of distraction.*How the Mobile Learning are used to deliver and support learning. Bluetooth: A short range wireless connection. This enables PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) to pass messages to and from other mobile devices. PDAs: Personal Digital Assistants have evolved to mini PCs able to carry out many of the basic functions of a larger PC using the Palm OS or MS Pocket PC operating system. MP3s: Audio file format that efficiently compresses files and enables them to be shared. CAMs: Video cameras now embedded into mobile phone and PDAs. WAP: An international protocol that allows users to access the internet via their WAP enabled mobile phones. GPRS: An always on internet connection for mobile devices that provides greater speed of connection (171kb/s). 3G and 4G phones: By the end of the decade 4G (4th Generation mobile phones) will provide up to 100 megabits per second transmissions adequate for multimedia.
*Concerns raised by researchers and distance students/tutors about the MobileLearning:Design: Designing for mobile learning becomes a critical Challenge. „How to enhance theexperience without Interfering with it‟. And so designing for mobile learning becomes a criticalchallenge. „How to enhance the experience without interfering with it‟ was the title of RussellBeales (University of Birmingham, UK) workshop session."For lots of people, childrenparticularly, education is not optional," he said. "It‟s something that they have to do, and theydon‟t necessarily want to do it. Whereas one of the good things about technology is that it offersan opportunity for choice."Thus, said Peter Lonsdale (University of Birmingham, UK)weshouldn‟t cram existing activities onto mobile devices, but instead make use of different ways oforganizinglearning communities: "Children want to learn," claimed Ann Jones (Open University, UK),"but what they want is choice over what to learn. You can stop a child from learning by justpresenting a load of information."Evaluation How can we effectively measure learning in mobileEnvironments? How can we effectively measure learning in mobile environments? Josie Taylor(Open University, UK) ran a session exploring this, and the group discovered that evaluationoverlaps with design. Mobile learning is often blended with other types of learning. A mobiledevice could act as a tool for thinking: for example, when learners know that everything is beingrecorded or is easy to record, this changes their behavior. Thus, argued Barbara Wasson(University of Bergen, Norway), we should focus on activities, and the dialectic relation betweenthe learner and the technology, not on people or technology in isolation.*Case studies/examples:*Carnegie Mellon University ProjectCarnegie Mellon University today announced the expansion of its Mobile& Immersive Learningfor Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE)project, which will gauge the effectiveness ofmobile phone-based gamesfor teaching English lessons to students in rural India.*Mobile Technology Applications in the Korean Higher Education“Mobile campus” has made students and faculty staff access authentic, updated informationsources and communicate with each other anytime, and anywhere within the campus. In SouthKorea, All of Life Is Mobile more colleges and universities have moved to mobile learningenvironments A student used her cell phone to enter the main library atSookmyung Women‟sUniversity On campus, students touch their mobiles to the electronic box to mark theirattendance. University of North Carolina at Wilmington takes benefits of the mobile learning.*Resource:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLearning