Bond University documented a significant improvement in student success after implementing Blackboard Mobile Learn. Dr. Shelley Kinash, Director Office of Quality Teaching and Learning, presents the research findings that earned Bond University the 2012 Blackboard Mobile Catalyst Award!

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

DOWNLOAD MOBILE LEARNING RESEARCH REPORT HERE (64 pg PDF)

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

 

by Tanya Elias
Athabasca University, Canada

originally appeared in The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
February – 2011

Abstract

The report extends a previous analysis of universal instructional design principles in distance education by applying them to the design of mobile learning. Eight principles with particular relevance for distance education are selected, and their recommendations are discussed in relation to the design of educational materials for a range of mobile devices. The problems and opportunities of mobile learning are discussed as is the need for educators to focus on content design issues rather than on searching for the next new technology.

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Abstract

Using Mobile Phones to Improve Educational Outcomes

Despite improvements in educational indicators, such as enrolment, significant challenges remain with regard to the delivery of quality education in developing countries, particularly in rural and remote regions. In the attempt to find viable solutions to these challenges, much hope has been placed in new information and communication technologies (ICTs), mobile phones being one example. This article reviews the evidence of the role of mobile phone-facilitated mLearning in contributing to improved educational outcomes in the developing countries of Asia by exploring the results of six mLearning pilot projects that took place in the Philippines, Mongolia, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh. In particular, this article examines the extent to which the use of mobile phones helped to improve educational outcomes in two specific ways: 1) in improving access to education, and 2) in promoting new learning. Analysis of the projects indicates that while there is important evidence of mobile phones facilitating increased access, much less evidence exists as to how mobiles promote new learning.

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