Category Archives: Mobile Learning

Guidelines for Mobile Learning and the Possibilities of DDL in HE

TELL-OP Strategic Partnership has created guidelines and recommendations for mobile learning and data-driven language learning in higher education. It reviews EU policies on mobile learning in higher education institutions and developments in the inclusion of ICTs in HE. The document can be accessed from the following links:

 

 

 

Use Kahoot for Collaborative Mobile Learning!

Kahoot is a fun and collaborative way to engage students with group works and teach vocabulary or any quiz activity.

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You can create a fun learning game in minutes, made from a series of multiple choice questions. You can also add videos, images and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement!

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Kahoots are best played in a group setting, like a classroom. Players answer on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson – creating a ‘campfire moment’ – encouraging players to look up.

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Social learning promotes discussion and pedagogical impact… whether players are in the same room or on the other side of the globe! After a game, encourage players to create and share their own kahoots to deepen understanding, mastery and purpose.

M-Learning Is Not E-Learning on A Mobile Device

Understanding the differences between eLearning and mLearning begins with first defining mLearning. While there are many opinions and ideas surrounding this, the Float Learning definition of mLearning is:

“mLearning is the use of mobile technology to aid in the learning, reference or exploration of information useful to an individual at that moment or in a specific use context.” John Feser

Read more on Float Learning

What’s mobile learning?

According to UNESCO, ‘a popular definition of mobile learning is education that involves the use of mobile devices to enable learning anytime and anywhere. While this definition captures much of the essence of mobile learning, it requires two important clarifications. Discussions about mobile learning should:

1) focus more on mobility and its unique affordances than on technology per se; and
2) include questions about how mobile devices can support not only learning but also broad educational goals such as effective education administration and information management.

The power to extend educational experiences beyond classrooms and enable non-formal and informal learning is a key attribute of mobile learning and carries enormous potential to make learning more personalized and relevant. However, in this context mobility ‘denotes not just physical mobility but the opportunity to overcome physical constraints by having access to people and digital learning resources, regardless of place and time’ (Kukulska-Hulme, 2010a). Thus mobile learning can very much happen in the classroom as well.

Finally, mobile learning does not require a ratio of one device per learner or teacher, which is the approach of the current 1:1 computing initiatives in many countries around the world. While a 1:1 ratio is ideal, it is not always possible given limited resources. Successful mobile learning projects run the full gamut of configurations, from 1:1, to one device for a group of learners, to one device per class.’

Source: UNESCO, Mobile Learning and Policies – Key Issues to Consider.


The Importance of Mobile in Learning and Performance

Please find more information about mobile learning on the following websites:

 

Mobile Learning Trends and Opportunities

Mobile Learning (smartphones) as a SUpport Tool in the Language Classroom

Learner Autonomy