Tag Archives: Mobile Learning

Unis to face high degree of change in mobile era

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GOOGLE’S chief technology advocate Michael Jones has a vision for global education in which the world’s best professors will be movie stars.

They will sell the best online courses that money and whiz-bangery can buy to universities which will charge students to be examined on their rebranded version of it.

Mr Jones says ”a mobile phone could become a university” because the point where students and educators meet is moving online. So the multibillion-dollar campus expansions under way at Australian universities might turn out to be short sighted.

Full Text: Unis to face high degree of change in mobile era.

Six 2012 Growing mLearning Trends

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing. In the past, smart phones and tablets were something only the “trend setters” had, but now that they are more affordable and accessible than ever (with Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 earlier this month, the iPhone 4S price has dropped to $99) it’s no wonder mLearning has taken off. Here is a quick breakdown of the mobile learning trends you need to be watching. All of these trends saw significant uptake in 2012… and look to continue.

1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace.

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

3. “Snack learning”

4. Tin Can API

5. Location-based integration and workplace training

6. Cloud computing

Full Text: » 6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 » Bottom Line Performance.

How Can Mobile Learning Increase Student Motivation?

Motivation

The mobile learning movement is beginning to gain momentum. Teaching in schools, universities, colleges (and even learning from home) has the potential to be more engaging with the integration of m-learning. And as a result, mobile learning is becoming exceedingly popular. It was reported by Ambiant insight that the US market for mobile learning products had generated a staggering $958.7 million in 2010. Not only this, but they predicted the compound annual growth rate to be 13.7% over the next five years, proving that mobile learning will continue to develop as more and more people begin to recognise its advantages.

Full Text: How Can Mobile Learning Increase Student Motivation?.

Cloud9 learning launches new mLearning management system

Cloud 9

Cloud9 Learning has announced the launch of the mLearning Management System MMS that adds the communication, collaboration, and accessibility features associated with mobile computing to the power of a conventional Learning Management System LMS—for major mobile tablet and smart phone platforms iOS and Android. As schools implement Bring Your Own Device BYOD policies, flipped classroom learning, web-based peer-to-peer collaboration, and other innovations using mobile devices, the need to unify and manage student work into a single application is critical.

Full Text: Cloud9 learning launches new mLearning management system – EdTech Times.

How to choose a #mobile device for #mLearning purposes

Mobile devices

Choosing the best (smart)phone or tablet for mobile learning can be quite a challenge. It also depends on what you want to do with it and how easy you can get used to technology. The amount of features you want to use will also allow you to purchase a low or high cost smartphone or mobile device.

Let’s say you want to explore mobile learning, these are some of your options.

Ignatia considers the following:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Other
  • What can you opt for in a high-end phone, tablet or mobile device?
  • Personal criteria that might influence your mobile device or tablet purchase
  • What mobile operating system to choose?
  • Mobile applications or apps 

Full Text: @Ignatia Webs: How to choose a #mobile device for #mLearning purposes.

Helpful Tool Lets You Track And Assess Mobile Learning

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Smart phone

Technology is ubiquitous and so is its phantom. It has become a major guiding force in the training and education field with the advent of E-Learning and Mobile Learning. Of course, the journey hasn’t been as smooth as we imagine it to be. It has evolved over a period of time and is still overcoming the road bumps.

In fact, formal learning being the fundamental milestone for centuries, it has ingrained into our society. This makes adaptation of eLearning and mLearning per se inflexible. Mobile learning is struggling to get a fair chance. The challenges are plentiful and so are the solutions but are we open to them.

Full Text: Doing The Impossible: Helpful Tool Lets You Track And Assess Mobile Learning | Edudemic.

25 Apps for Global Mobile Learning

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Computers and, later, Web 2.0 have changed the way young people learn. Now apps are set to do the same.

An “app” is short for software application. For example, Angry Birds and Facebook are popular apps on mobile devices. More than 30 million apps are downloaded to mobile devices every day. There are apps to help manage time, convert measurements, lead a healthier lifestyle, and for fun. A good percentage of apps are by nature educational.

Most teenagers have cell phones. And iPads are outselling personal computers. There are now an estimated 1.5 million iPads in U.S. classrooms, and with new digital textbooks introduced this year, that number will likely grow.

Before using apps, remember that learning objectives come first; recommend specific digital tools and communicate clear guidelines to help students meet expectations. Consider, too, whether apps should be used in guided instruction, or if they should be relegated to self-directed learning time. Many teachers now use the Flipped Classroom model, where class time is used primarily for discussion and collaborative work. Digital tools help students develop knowledge and skills prior to class, and help them contribute more substantively to discussions and project work.

So which apps can help build global competence? With a world of possibilities, what follows is a short list of mostly Apple iOS apps to help you get started. To download, go to the Apple iTunes store, search for the app by name, and click on the price button to synch with your device. Several of these apps are available for Android and other devices, too.

Full Text: 25 Apps for Global Mobile Learning | Asia Society.

mLearning: Revolutionizing Education

Young children with mobile devices

Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area.

Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving–and how they can be improved–via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies. These range from a generation of toddlers just as comfortable with touchscreens as they are with books, to college-aged men and women questioning the value of physical campuses, to middle-aged and elderly professionals hoping to earn new skills in their spare time to secure a new job in turbulent economic times.

We have been focusing on the concept of mLearning–where “m” usually stands for “mobile” but also just as easily for “me.” The near-ubiquity of handheld devices and their constantly lowering costs will enable the idea of “education that you can hold in your hand,” so it becomes a widespread reality in so-called developed markets and resource-challenged parts of the globe alike. Thanks to findings from a frogMob–an open research tool that allows people to upload and contribute their own observations from around the globe–along with additional research and other insights contributed by our partners at the World Economic Forum, we have arrived at 10 key themes that are likely to drive the development of mLearning initiatives in innovative directions.

Full Text: mLearning: Revolutionizing Education | Blog | design mind.

Is Mobile Learning Actually Effective?

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Anyone who has ever taught a class of any sort or size knows that interactive learning is better; the more senses you engage in your students while teaching, the higher the likelihood they will enjoy the learning experience and remember what you teach.  Now, recent trends in technology have made learning more tactile, more mobile, and perhaps more enjoyable, but do they actually make a difference in the learning experience? Does anyone know whether or not those apps on your iPhone that your kids are playing or the distance learning course that you or your husband is taking online will really make a difference in the long run? Is mobile learning that effective?

Full Text: Education: Is Mobile Learning Actually Effective?.

Blackboard Takes Mobile Apps to the End User

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This fall, faculty and students will no longer need access to a Blackboard institutional license to use Blackboard mobile applications–as long as they’re willing to shell out $5.99 for the software or pay an annual subscription fee of $1.99.

This September, Blackboard Mobile Learn for iOS and Android will be available for purchase by end users “without requiring an investment by their institution,” according to Blackboard, which made the announcement at the BbWorld 2012 event happening this week in New Orleans.

“We’ve seen a tremendous take-up of Blackboard Mobile Learn,” said Kayvon Beykpour, general manager of Blackboard Mobile, in a prepared statement. “But we wanted to implement a model that gave users the choice to use the application even if their school hasn’t subsidized it. We hope that providing users this new option will help more students and institutions expand access to mobile learning.”

Full Text: Blackboard Takes Mobile Apps to the End User — THE Journal.

What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools

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As mobile learning programs become more ubiquitous, international attention is focusing on how different countries integrate mobile devices into formal schooling. Last month, United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a comprehensive report called UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning on the state of mobile learning around the world.

The report breaks down usage and policies in different areas, including North America, and part of the research focuses on “Essential Conditions for Mobile Learning.” In this section of the report, researchers present five key conditions that must exist for a mobile learning initiative to succeed: visionary leadership and commitment, robust technology capacity, professional development, scalability, and policies that promote and support the initiative.

Read the excerpted from the report:  What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | MindShift.