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Mobile Learning Project Report

Folley, Susan and Jabbar, Abdul (2010) Mobile Learning Project Report. Project Report. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Mobile learning is not a new concept, learning whilst on the move or away from formal educational settings has been happening a long time with the use of books, journal articles, television, radio etc. However what is new is the vast array of devices now available to access learning and to take advantage of being mobile but still being able to capture information and share, collaborate and upload it to a worldwide audience.

Mobile learning (mlearning) is a growing area of pedagogic research, however much of the research so far has focused taking traditional types of instructional learning and putting it on mobile devices, rather than using mobile devices for increased engagement in teaching sessions or for using the devices for capturing information as and when the students are mobile. Herrington et al (2009) claim that although mobile technologies have the potential to be used as powerful learning tools within higher education, “their current use appears to be predominantly within a didactic, teacher-centred paradigm, rather than a more constructivist environment” (p.2). Most mobile learning devices are centred around social learning, e.g. mobile phones, so their pedagogic potential needs to be further explored.

So what is mlearning? Is it to do with use of mobile phones or just the student being able to access information whilst mobile? Kukulska-Hulme & Traxler (2007) define mobile learning as “learning delivered or supported solely or mainly by mobile technologies. These include hand-held computers, PDAs, mobile phones, smart phones wireless laptop pcs and personal media players such as the iPod.” (p.181). However they go on to say that this definition is bound by current technologies, and as technology is constantly changing and improving, we should be flexible in our definition of mobile learning.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Contributors:
ContributionNameEmail
EditorTeviotdale, Wilmaw.w.teviotdale@hud.ac.uk
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: Computing and Library Services
The Business School
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group
The Business School > Business Education Research Group
Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2014 12:34
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8815

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