The Future of Mobile Learning in Higher Education

Educause Article Looks At Mobile Learning in Higher Education

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Although initial research on mobile learning started in institutions of higher education, change based on this new technology has been slow to arrive for the vast majority of post-secondary students and faculty. This is because mobile learning is highly disruptive of the current methods of teaching and learning within universities and colleges.

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Rick Oller from the Marlboro College Graduate School wrote a research bulletin for Educause about a year ago (May 2012) on the future of mobile learning, especially in institutions of higher learning. He highlights the definition of mobile learning and the state-of-the-art today in higher ed.

The most interesting part of the document is his list of “possible futures of mobile learning.” These include:

  • Location-based learning,
  • Augmented reality,
  • Wearable learning,
  • Learning implants, and
  • Ambient intelligence.

At Float Mobile Learning, we’re currently developing custom mobile apps based on the unique affordances of mobile devices. While we don’t do learning implants (yet), we do have examples of innovative uses of mobile learning we have completed for clients.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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On September 6, 2013

2 Responses to The Future of Mobile Learning in Higher Education

  1. […] students have access to 30,000 pages of course material from a tablet or smart phone.  Other education institutions are following suit by making education accessible to students from their mobile device for […]

  2. […] Numerous apps for mobile devices mean students can gain access to knowledge sources via video tutorials, lessons can be accessed on topic-specific modules, or to access study resources or tutoring support. […]

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