Here are some questions we are attempting to answer.

  • What is mobile learning?
  • What kinds of devices are appropriate/suitable to use in mobile learning?
  • Where in the world is mobile learning occurring? For what purposes (how is it being used?) By whom? (K-12; post-secondary)
  • Has any research been conducted on the impact of mobile learning? Who has conducted this research? When was it done? What are the results?
  • Are there any advantages/disadvantages/ challenges/pitfalls regarding the use of mobile devices?
  • Compile some articles, books, references etc on mobile learning.
  • How about other media e.g., blogs, podcasts, You Tube, wikis etc etc.
  • Strategies for teaching/learning using mobile devices.

Trying to define "mobile learning"...

This is a very hard term to define. True learning must be continual and constant and very mobile. Learning with mobile devices as a course component/elective is a technique which may enhance this the experience of the student. Many of the powerful device students carry with them have possibilities for connection, communication & collaboration. By harnessing these tools through various methods instructors model 21st century skills and possibilities for learning.

Option for tools

The Evolution of Mobile Phones

1977100916_30773d2a32_m.jpg PDA's
56898961_fa5b5d2f30_m.jpg iPod
1398846596_f85d7e7dbe_m.jpgiPod Touch/iPhone
2183788906_0338c31de6_m.jpg Asus eee

369173209_6bbc76148f_m.jpgNokia N95
- Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 720 PDAs in learning2go project
- Opera
Ultra cheap laptops

Mixed toolbox or 30 hammers

Ideas for teaching & learning

  • Diverse media - audio, video, slides, links,
  • Podcasts - instructor made - Guest lecturers - other instructors
  • class notes & links
  • ability to connect - dictionary/thesaurus/google/bookmark/topic experts
  • Calendar - plans & organize meetings
  • Polls, individual response systems(clickers)
  • Text, email, share
  • Participatory tools for collaboration & communication
  • send email & text multiple choice or questions

Some things to think about...

‘anywhere, anytime’--great for actual field trip recording --
(e.g., museums), and for virtual field trip participation--
doctors/nurses record information, have medical information on device
too much on webpages, slow uploads
Makes headlines - 'cool'
perceived myth: loss of teacher control
conect & collaborate
perceived myth: cheating


equal access; accessibility/disability issues
small screen size--difficult to read/stay focused for any lenghth of time

not a lot of opportunity to create
environmental impact of devices no longer in use
corporate sponsorship
learning curve in streaming video creation/posting such that it can be viewed by the learner

Success when connect synchronous & asynchronous


Access to course moodle for anytime anywhere - Athabasca Umlaut-M project & MobiGlam
Moodle Forums - PDA version of Moodle?



ACU Connected

ACU first university in nation to provide iPhone or iPod touch to all incoming freshmen
I haven't found any more stories on this about successful projects.

Cellphone college Class in Japan

Are you ready for Mobile Learning?

Is mobile Internet Really such a Good Thing?

"Teachers can use iPods as an assistive technology, to differentiate instruction and to address multiple intelligences by: allowing students to listen to audiobooks while read digital text, creating interactive tests, allowing students to access the Internet (iPod Touch only) and publish/collaborate online, create and present slideshows, poetry study through music analysis, access educational video, reference databases and even learn a music instrument! Teachers and students can use cell phones to record interviews, access the internet, photograph or video record data from a field trip and then transfer data to others using bluetooth, listening to and creating podcasts, organize their lives using calendar, etc."

need to worry about useability, quality, crebibility

Dean Shareski, has shared a lot about the experiences Craik School is having with Cellphones in the classroom.


Mobile Learning: Perspectives of Psychology Students at Athabasca University

"Students reported on the mobile technologies they own, their comfort levels in using these technologies, how they utilized these tools, their preferred mode of study (print vs. online), and their interest in utilizing mobile technologies for learning. Findings indicate that nearly all students possess cell phones and nearly 2/3 own a laptop computer, but other mobile technologies such as IPods, personal digital assistants and Blackberries are not nearly as widespread. Print remains the dominant mode of study, yet despite this finding and the low ownership rates of popular mobile devices (IPods etc.), over 75% of respondents expressed an interest in utilizing these technologies for learning anytime/anyplace."

Innovations in Second Language Delivery: Athabasca University Mobile ESL Research Project

"lessons enable AU to reach Canada's second language and immigrant communities as well as adult literacy streams and foreign learners with an approach that uses interactive multimedia and allows students to experience realistic language transactions. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can now access interactive ESL lessons at their convenience on their mobile phone, laptop or their desktop computer."

Mobile Learning to Enhance Nursing Practice Education

"There is a need to test the utility of new strategies and tools to supervise students' practice at the point of care, to support their professional development, and to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care to clients in acute care and community settings. In particular, the connectivity potential of mobile devices for practice and teaching/learning remains unexplored."

Using iPod Videos to Support Teaching and Learning: A Case Study at SAIT Polytechnic, Canada

"School of Transportation (Aviation Division) have started to use iPod videos to reinforce the learning that occurs inside the labs. The iPod Project is the result of collaborative work from an interdisciplinary team formed by people from different areas: a couple of innovative instructors from the School of Transportation (who believed the use of this mobile technology could enhance students' learning happening inside the classroom), the active participation of the Multimedia Development Services at the Centre for Instructional Technology (who worked on the production of the videos), the research of SAIT's CISCO Chair of e-Learning and the Project Management of the School of Transportation curriculum coordinator ."


Disruptive Mobile Learning

Going Fast on the Mobile web

3.3 billion cellphones
0.1 sec = instantaneous
1.0 sec = moving freely
10 sec = must retain focus on task
Mobile Learning 3 cases

Blogs, articles

Mobile Learning by Stuart Smith
Mobile Learning in the Classroom: An Empirical Assessment of a New Tool For Students & Teachers By McConatha & Praul
Mobile Technologies & Learning Dec 04 - Laura Naismith, Peter Lonsdale, Giasemi Vavoula and Mike Sharples, University of Birmingham
Mobile Learning
The Mobile Learner
Steve Dembo Cellphones in the Classroom
Handheld Learning

Links to Websites
m-learning Works: Part 1 - video
Myartspace s a service that allows museums to give students cell phones during their field trip to record their experiences while at the museum.
PowerSet on the iPhone Online search designed for phone
"Learning2Go partnership is currently the largest collaborative mobile learning project for pupils in the UK."
Viewzi Search

Link to my 'mobile tag' on

Link to Vi's mobile tag on Delicious