"The fates guide those who go willingly; those who do not, they drag" ~ Seneca
In late 2005, Dr. Mercedes Fisher and I began a new case study looking at the ways in which mobile technology, coupled with (mobile-based) content, can provide students with a platform for active learning, collaboration, and reflection in higher education.
Moreover, mobile-based learning may (finally!) provide a way to close the digital divide and provide educational access and equality for children in developing nations.
- 900 million people connect to the Internet via a PC
- 2 billion cell phones, many of these are web-enabled
- 50% of those outside the US will connect to the web via a mobile or handheld device, NOT a PC
One thing is clear: The convergence of mobile technologies and student-centered learning environments will require academic institutions to design and implement new and more effective user experience strategies for use in mobile learning environments (MLE).
I'm looking forward to sharing more of our research on mLearning, including our final case study, with Barking Robot readers soon!
Update: Here's our case study! Fisher & Baird: Making mLearning Work