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What is m-learning?

Hot off the press, we are pleased to present the Mobile Learning infoKit. Launched at ALT-C 2011 The infoKit offers valuable advice for any organisation starting out in m-learning, as was compiled with interviews and contributions from all the main thinkers, creators and educators in this space See the overview presentation (below) for a great introduction to m-learning, and if you want more you can download the entire infoKit at http://bit.ly/mobilelearninginfokit

Many months in development, this infokit was put together by Doug and those nice people at Jisc infoNet as a service to the education community. Thanks all!

 

Definition of mobile learning

Over the past 5 years there have been wide ranging debates about how to define, precisely, what mobile learning is. The difficulty in reaching a consensus is partially because of the rapid evolution of this as a field, and partially because mobile learning works best when it is a part of something else.

Our current best definition comes from the eLearning Guild who defined it as:

Any activity that allows individuals to be more productive when consuming, interacting with, or creating information, mediated through a compact digital portable device that the individual carries on a regular basis, has reliable connectivity, and fits in a pocket or purse.

Our previous best definition came from the MoLeNet project, in the UK that added the key words "facilitate, support, enhance, extend" reminding us that m-learning works best when added to something. They defined it as:

the exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning