Thursday, July 15, 2010

Can You Hear Me Now?

Is Mobile Access to Learning and Performance a Part of Your Learning Architecture? If Not, You May Want to Re-Evaluate.

I wanted to share this interesting article written by Judy Brown. In the article, she defines mobile learning as "the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks to facilitate, support and enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning." She goes on to state that "there are differences between mobile learning and e-learning. Mobile learning is generally shorter in duration and designed for instant use. It can be personalized and include data collection or user-generated content. Mobile learning is not about devices, but capabilities. It's about the experiences, not the technology."

"We all use mobile devices to access email and voice mail, check out local traffic, and find the nearest shopping mall. So why not use those same devices for learning? E-learning brought us anytime, anywhere learning. Mobile devices bring us access to everywhere, all-the-time- learning."

The article not only tells you who is doing what in mobile learning, but tells you how to get started, the tools involved, and addresses future considerations. As futurist Ray Kurzweil noted, "Mobile phones are misnamed, They should be called 'gateways to all human knowledge.'"

Click HERE to read the entire article.

Also check out Judy's blog mLearnopedia (mobile blog concentrating on mobile technologies for learning). It's full of great resources and I highly recommend that you check it out!

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