Questions the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) explores include:
- What is the rationale for implementing mobile learning technologies?
- How does ubiquitous access to a wireless network change the dynamics of learning both in and out of the classroom?
- What are best practices for using mobile learning?
- What end-user support is important for mobile learning? How can it best be provided?
• The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, vol. 8, no. 2, 2007. This special issue addresses some of the issues and challenges of mobile learning, and provides suggestions and recommendations for mobile learning and for research on mobile learning.
• Ellen D. Wagner, "Enabling Mobile Learning," EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 40, no.3, May/June 2005, pp. 40-53.
• Laura Naismith et al., Report 11: Literature Review in Mobile Technologies and Learning, Futurelab Series (Bristol, U.K.: Futurelab, 2005).
• Bryan Alexander, "Going Nomadic: Mobile Learning in Higher Education," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 39, No. 5, September/October 2004.
• Judy Roberts, Naomi Beke, Katharine Janzen, Dawn Mercer, Elaine Soetaert, Harvesting Moments of Time, Mobile Learning Project Consortium, 2003.
Examples / Podcasts / Presentations / Relevant Web Sites / Related Writings
• EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research: Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Students' Educational Experiences
This ECAR case study examined the educational applications of mobile technologies at three (3) Dutch universities. The universities in the study had explored the use and effects of these technologies on learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Projects to investigate this were based on location-based learning, network extension through wireless access, and fully mobile users.
• ELI 2006 Spring Focus Session, Mobility and Mobile Learning--The Next Phase of Anytime, Anywhere Learning
Two examples are available from the event's application parlors:
◦Tangible Flags: Collaborative Educational Technology to Enhance Grade School Field Trips, Gene Chipman, Human Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland
◦Duke iPod Project, Marilyn Lombardi, Senior Strategist, Office of Information Technology, Duke University
• Georgia College and State University, iPods @ GCSU
At GC&SU, faculty considered the potential learning applications of the iPod, which led to pilot projects based on well-defined pedagogical goals. In turn, this generated proof-of-concept and broad-based faculty support for further integration of the iPod into the learning environment.
•Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), e-Learning Programme, Innovative Practice with e-Learning
Developed by JISC, a major postsecondary / higher education technology organization in the United Kingdom, this site provides access to a number of resources for understanding and using mobile technologies to support teaching and learning. Among those resources is the publication on which the site is based, Innovative Practice with e-Learning: A Good Practice Guide to Embedding Mobile and Wireless Technologies into Everyday Practice.
• Project Numina at UNC-Wilmington
"The Numina Project promotes the use of mobile computing devices such as handheld PCs and Pocket PCs in teaching college-level science and mathematics, and the development of software for these devices for science and mathematics education."
• Mobile Learning, University of Tennessee – Knoxville:
The Wireless Instructional Initiatives project, involving the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Innovative Technology Center and faculty, investigates best practices for teaching and learning. Devices with wireless capability, such as wireless laptops, PDAs, and Tablet PCs, are integrated into courses receiving project grants. Faculty are provided with support through individualized training and pedagogical consultation on technology integration.
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