Mobile Learning: Revolution in Higher Education

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Mobile Learning: Revolution in Higher Education

Watch this video with Dr. Rankin from ACU, who successfully uses mobile learning for teaching!

Bonk says in The World Is Open:"If you are using technology to learn without reflecting on it, you are...experiencing u-learning." (Bonk, 2009, p. 295). Thanks to mobile technology, u-learning is now a 24/7 learning experience!

MOBILE LEARNING BENEFITS IN HIGHER ED 1. Simple Access –Updated information is given on-demand in the m-learning campus.2. Self-study Possibilities – M-learning offers flexibility. Students can learn at their own pace. 3. Evaluation & Feedback –Tools to assess can be incorporated in m-learning to follow learner's progress. Detailed Reports can be generated and used as feedbacks.4. Online Repository Access – Students and instructors can access contents online through m-learning, giving them the opportunity to interact on a regular basis. Learners can have access to a stored repository of contents, can visit online digital libraries and use digital course materials.5. Communities of Practice have 3 components: a community, a domain and a practice. To learn in these communities, students have to participate. Many COPs meet online & use m-learning.

The University of Phoenix offers a mobile app for learners to have access to course content, discussions and even "flag and mark posts" when being offline.Ashford University has a "Constellation app" that gives learners the possibility of looking for "texts by keyword, transfer seamlessly from laptop to mobile, and...check their knowledge with assessments in some texts."Everest University offers students mobile apps for them to have access to grades, teacher comments, future events, discussions and mobile online technical support. Florida International University "serves an international base." Students have access to Blackboard Learn courses, video materials and FIU sports events.Strayer University offers a mobile online app that lets learners have access to grades, assignments, discussions, videos and the academic calendar.Stanford University offers students mobile apps that gives them access to events, shuttle times, online directories. Also, "the Stanford Mobile-Inquiry Learning Environment (SMILE)" is a program that "allows students to use their devices to create, collaborate, and evaluate questions about educational topics."

M-Learning (Mobile Learning) Revolution in Higher Education

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"These Universities are leveraging the smart phones that are in most student’s hands to provide mobile access to learning resources and administrative tools." Mary Fineday. EmergingEdTech

Bonk says in The World Is Open:"The signs are all around us- smartphones, laptops, iPods ...MP3 players, and hot spots. This is the age of the mobile learner." (Bonk, 2009, p. 297). With mobile devices, students learn at their convenience!

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"The analysis of student perceptions on m-learning points to the fact that mobile learning is widely embraced by the student community." Seibu Mary Jacob & Biju Issac. To access a paper with survey results on students perceptions on m-learning, visit

Mobile devices offer many advantages in higher ed for instructors and students. "Faculty often report that the technology makes classes more collaborative and interactive. Instructors have the ability to connect their devices [tablets] to projector screens, integrating video, website content, lecture slides and media directly into classroom lessons. from electronic texts, conduct online research, take quizzes and get real-time results that teachers can use to individualize instruction." Wylie Wong.

M-Learning tools: laptops, iPods, iPod Touch, iPads, smartphones, smartpens, thumb drives, MP3 players etc. are used by higher ed students to learn 24/7 everywhere: in dorms, in class, walking, traveling & during breaks. Learners can get alerts for campus emergencies, check grades, bus schedules, get text messages from instructors & learn languages on cells . They can download lectures to iPods or laptops & access podcasted lectures in iTunes. They can even access course announcements posted in Twitter!

Check out this video from Ipad on an app that is geared for professors and students in HIgher Education called Lecture Tools

Watch this video from Educause on how learning can be 24/7 with mobile devices used in the classroom!

what college classes can look like with mobile devices: enhancing engagement during lectures.

The projections above indicate how mobile connected device use is escalating.


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