www.ej4.com | Mobile Learning, mlearning Mobile learning, although much talked about, is still in the early adopter phase because costs are still high, there are questions about security and the IT department is still skeptical or doesnt want to support everyones new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) philosophy. Lots of companys (and learning vendors) are trying to figure out their mobile strategy. Here are some things to think about as you ponder your first (or next) mobile learning pilot. 1. Gotta … make business sense If the project doesnt makesave the company money or decrease the amount of effort for the user in a task then its not worth pushing it to mobile. On the job Performance support refresh learning in the car before a sales call are great examples of a good mobile pilot. 2. Gotta be … short How short? 1-2 minutes. Remember, were not trying to certify the technical team on a new safety procedure here. Have more than 2 minutes of content? Chunk it up. Part 1 of X. 3. Gotta be … Easily found If its short, then I need to be able to find the right piece at the right time. Dont make me search forever to find it or Im never coming back. 4. Gotta be … User Friendly See above, then simplify the interface. If you have to explain how to use the new mobile site or app then you already lost. Think about the last two or three apps or sites you went to on your phone. Was it hard to navigate? Then you never opened it again. 5. Gotta be … Fast If you think I <b>…<b>

John Dewey on Mobile Learning

“A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability.

Otherwise, they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught and whose significance or connections they do not perceive.” (1916)


Source: Dewey, (1916) quoted in Sharples, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2007). A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age. In K. Littleton and P. Light (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of E-learning Research (pp. 221-247). London: Sage


See also: Hickman, L. (1990). John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


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mobile learningResearch for UNICON, produced by Ashridge, November 2011
Research Question:  How are mobile technologies changing the executive learning landscape?


Table of Contents

  • Definition of ‘Mobile Learning’
  • What is a Mobile Device?
  • Why Mobile Learning?
  • How Mobile Devices can be used for Learning

Case Examples

  • Introduction
  • Hub of expertise in the education sector:
    Abilene Christian University
  • Hubs of activity in the education sector:
    Embedding library resources within programmes
  • Hubs of activity in the education sector:
    Bringing the real world into the classroom
  • Hubs of activity in the private sector:
    Cementing knowledge through simulations

Moving Forwards with Mobile Learning

  • Implementation
  • Getting Buy In
  • Choosing Technology
  • Costs
  • Knowing your Mobile Learner
  • Pedagogy First
  • Content
  • Support
  • To Evaluate or Not?
  • Next Steps