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Why Mobile Learning?

Mobile Learning and the merging of formal and informal learning in higher education courses.

Jeannette Shaffer

on 29 June 2010

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Transcript of Why Mobile Learning?

Jeannette Shaffer Aim:
briefly explore mobile learning and the benefits to teachers and students
Mobile learning = Next substantial innovation in higher education (Alexander, 2004; Wagner, 2005) whenever the ubiquitousness of connectivity and spontaneous trust on the mobile technology is accomplished, it will drive higher education users to demand mobile learning opportunities in live
classes, blended courses and distance education !! 1.Gain an understanding of your audience Kukulska-Hulme (2005) It is vital to obtain data on the learners' use of technologies
that would enable a mobile platform. (Jones et al.,2007)
b) What is the level of students’ access and use of technologies typically employed in mobile learning?

c) What is the experience and comfort level of higher education faculty for active and collaborative learning activities and implementation of mobile technologies? a) What level of interest is there among higher education students in
a blended learning mode of study for the opportunity to learn while mobile? Mobile Learning Concept! Traxler (2007) : there is no concrete definition of M-learning due to the nature of mobile learning which is personal, contextual and situated Mobile learning is whatever and occurs wherever the learner wants it to be in the context of what is being learned (Traxler, 2007).
Clark and Flaherty (2002): the most significant aspect of the definition of mobile learning refers to the learner’s capability to foster understanding and build knowledge through communication and collaborative activities equipped by wireless technology. Mobile Learning in Learning Higher Education Collaborative learning with mobility may be considered as powerful
learning tools (Nakahara, Hisamatsu, Yaegashi, & Yamauchi, 2005). According to MoLeNet, mobile learning can be broadly defined as 'the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.

'Mobile learning can take place in any location, at any time, including traditional learning environments such as classrooms as well as in workplaces, at home, in community locations and in transit. Mobile technologies include mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, MP3/ MP4 players (e.g. iPODs), handheld gaming devices (e.g. Sony PSP, Nintendo DS), Ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), mini notebooks or netbooks (e.g. Asus EEE), handheld GPS or voting devices, and specialist portable technologies used in science labs, engineering workshops or for environmental or agricultural study. Mobile learning involves connectivity for downloading, uploading and/or online working via wireless networks, mobile phone networks or both, and linking to institutional systems e.g. virtual learning environments (VLEs) and management information systems (MIS).' M-Learning Defined http://atlastproject.blogspot.com/ Email to Blog: shaffeje1.atlast4arizona@blogger.com Collaborative Blog Collaborative Blog permits instructors and students to:

Post from their mobile devices and/or email
Post text, images, audio, and video
Be notified by email when someone adds a post
Be actively engaged in an ongoing conversation
Instantly transcribe text to audio for podcast
Collaborate to build knowledge
Benefits Mobile learning is the use of portable devices like wireless laptops, cell phones, and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant) to facilitate the teaching and learning process in physical spaces that accommodate the convenience or demands of the learner and/or allows learning to take place at a location conducive to fulfilling learning objectives.
Service Learning or Community-based Projects: Collaboratively blog and journal experience through reflection and interviews (using text, audio, and video)
Active or Exploratory Learning: Using a cell phone or PDA to record observations (data & images) in the field for research, internship, or clinical experiences.
Augmented Learning: Students use mobile tagging (QR codes) and connect with digital information to experience a historical story based on a site visit. Gimmie some examples man! like what? Discussion
Students Technology in pocket Anywhere, anytime Teachers Utilizing technology students already use for informal learning Students Encourages collaborative learning and ongoing conversations
Teachers Students
Learning on location
Encourages active learning
Encourages lifelong learning
Peer support

So U can start implementing it ;) Final Thoughts Mobile learning is whatever the learner wants it to be and occurs whenever it is best conducted in the context of learning goals
Traxler (2007) Wiffiti jeannette.shaffer@domail.maricopa.edu Thank You 8-) http://www.m-learning.org/knowledge-centre/whatismlearning http://flash.locamoda.com/wiffiti.com/cloud/cataclysm.swf?id=30521&title=1 Activity: How might mobile learning merge formal and informal learning? Informal Learning Learning that is naturally experienced in every day life
Often takes place outside of an educational institution
Merges formal and informal learning = more time spent learning Expands learning beyond the classroom = on the go learning Builds stronger relationships among learning community Students more comfortable communicating with teacher Teacher can instruct anywhere, anytime Sense of belonging to a learning community http://marciaconner.com/intros/informal.html Why Mobile Learning?
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