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Mobile learning or is it learner mobility

Posted Thursday, 3 September 2009, 22:03

Is the fact learners are more highly mobile (busy) than the fact that mobile learning requires a specific pedagogy . Is publishing novels in serial form to smartphone or even via sms no different than Dickens orginal serialisation of his work in bite sized chunks in a newspaper ??

The phrase I use whatever the age the tools are no less advanced theyre just different .

Technology prediction is full of tyhe ones that we missed. The ones that got away and went huge ie good old sms.

For me, mobile learning is all about learning when mobile, the learner choosing when, where and how to access their learning.

It's not just about mobile devices and mobile technologies.

I reflected on an online presentation I gave at the JISC Online Conference back in 2006 earlier this week on my blog about mobile learning and my views back then.

Predicting technology is very difficult as you say and I know I never get it right...


Thursday, 3 September 2009, 22:26

We're doing our presentation on mobile learning (Navigating the mobile minefield, paper 153) and we're quite stubborn on the fact that we're not here to tell people how to use mobiles, because we feel that the book on mobile pedagogy hasn't been written.

If it has - does SMS pedagogy compare with Android augmented pedagogy? Because they don't have a lot in common to me.

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 23:37

Agreed the idea of seperate pedagogy is flawed.

this recently published report maybe of interest

Friday, 4 September 2009, 08:18

Andy - why can't it be either/or?

Mobile can mean the device(s) just as much as it can mean the learner/learning environment.

For me, mobile learning has always been a means to an end. Our role is to teach learners (how anarchic is that!) - or (perhaps to be less contentious) to facilitate learning and as technology and life style (and society generally changes) so must we.

Without going into the semantics of teaching and learning; mobile learning is what it says on the box: mobile + learning.


Friday, 4 September 2009, 15:12