Tangible benefits of mobile learning

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Tangible benefits of mobile learning

Why Mobile Learning?

“Looking at mobile learning in a wider context, we have to recognize that mobile, personal, and wireless devices are now radically transforming societal notions of discourse and knowledge, and are responsible for new forms of art, employment, language, commerce, deprivation, and crime, as well as learning.” (Traxler, 2009)

Tangible Benefits:

  • Fitting into the lives of learners – allowing user to make use of even spare 10 minutes
  • Personal, private and familiar – the ‘personalness’ reduces the sense of obstacles to learning
  • Portable – enabling learning in any place and at any time
  • Immediacy of communication
  • Bringing learning to those in remote or isolated areas
  • Location-aware contextualisation
  • Immediate capture of data and learning processes – camera, video, sound recording, text input
  • On-the-move access to tutors and peers
  • Learners can receive reminders and chasers
  • Bite-sized resources – helpful when learning skills or on-the-job
  • Abstract and concrete knowledge can be integrated
  • Peer-to-peer network fosters student-centred learning
  • Promotes active learning
  • Enables new learning environments
  • Accessibility
  • Enables reflection close to the learning event (in both time and place)
  • Reduces technical barriers to e-learning

Article is an extract from one written by Terese Bird, Learning Technologist, University of Leicester