Are you new to Mobile Learning? If yes then watch this YouTube video and learn how Victoria Villescas explain the concept.
If you want to know who is who in any field of study, just go to Google Scholar and search for your key terms. In the area of Mobile Learning when you make such searching you will definitely find names like John Traxler at the top of the list. Let me help you with some links that will take you directly to our distinguish scholars in the field of Mobile Learning.
There are number of significant research works on mobile learning carried out by some competent researchers from various higher learning institutions in Malaysia. As the concept of mobile learning has come into existence in the teaching and learning scenario in Malaysia,the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia compiled the researches into a book called “Mobile Learning: Malaysian Initiatives and Research Findings” edited under the able leadership of Prof Amin Muhammad Embi of University Kembasaang Malaysia. Enjoy reading the book.
Another important question to ask concerning Mobile Learning is “Why MOBILE LEARNING is the future of workplace learning ?”. Mobile Learning is not limited to education institutions only, it has reached up to the training field in workplaces. The Upside Learning Company presented an inforgraphic that explains how the increasing sales of mobile devices, the whooping growth in the mobile share of web traffic, the growing adoption of mobile devices in the workplace, amongst other factors, has led to the evolution of ‘A Mobile World’. You can see this explicitly in the below inforgraphic.
What is Mobile Learning?
The above question attracts a lot of answers from different scholars that have different perception about the concept of Mobile Learning. Some of them define Mobile Learning from the perspective of the technology used to access the learning materials while some of them look at it from the learner’s view (that is the situation and location where the learning process take place). The first Professor of Mobile Learning, Prof John Traxler said “Mobile learning is new. It is currently difficult to define, conceptualize and discuss. It could perhaps be a wholly new and distinct educational format, needing to set its own standards and expectations, or it could be a variety of e-learning, inheriting the discourse and limitations of this slightly more mature discipline.” However, another scholar named Muhamed Ally define Mobile Learning as the process of using a mobile device to access and study learning materials and to communicate with fellow students, instructors or institutions .Mobile learning can be done anytime, anywhere.
From this we can conclude that Mobile Learning is a new phenomena that has a promising future as a new field of Educational Technology. Below picture is a portrait that can help us in defining Mobile Learning from three different points of view.