Mobile Learning in Higher Education – An Introduction

Posted on July 23, 2011

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The use of mobile technologies in higher education is essential in preparing students to live, work, and thrive in the 21st century. With the exponential increase in the use of mobile devices throughout the world, traditional human activities such as business, teaching, and learning now happen through virtual mediums – defying time/space constraints. This has an overall greater impact on education, in that it is changing the way in which we learn, teach, receive and share information. We can no longer afford to dismiss mobile devices as mere ‘gadgets’ for entertainment purposes. Mobile devices have become central tools for the exchange of information, social interaction, and content-creation.

As a result, there is a significant need for the increased advocacy of mobile learning in higher education. Specifically, there is a need for the increased use of mobile devices as tools both in and outside the classroom, and for the provision of supplemental mobile/virtual course content to students in brick-and-mortar classrooms. We need to re-conceptualize and adapt our traditional learning environments to reflect/include mobile technologies and m-learning methodologies.

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