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.
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 that we have completed for clients.