Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning

Marija Zelic (University of Split, Croatia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-008-1.ch006
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Abstract

Mobile learning, as the “portable and personal” fashion of e-learning, is intended to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of learning in the context of handheld terminals. Most present-day learning systems run on desktop computers and are not designed for use on mobile devices such as mobile phones, smart phones, Personal Digital Assistants, etc. Mobile learning systems aim to improve the quality of learning by providing mobile learners with an easy, contextualized and ubiquitous access to knowledge. This chapter gives an overview of the current state of knowledge and research in the m-learning domain, describes issues and problems pertinent to mobile learning and offers our approach to solving these problems in the form of a mobile intelligent tutoring model we are currently developing. Given the present absence of relevant literature and referent material we think that this chapter provides developers with some new ideas.
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Overview Of The M-Learning Domain

This section gives an overview of the current state of knowledge and research in the m-learning domain including various definitions, motivation for employing mobile technologies in the learning and teaching process, technical and pedagogical considerations, relation towards e-learning as well as a description of the most commonly referenced m-learning projects. The objective is to explore global trends and investigate an emerging field of great interest to the international education and training communities. The new learning environment incorporates the physical and the digital, the sedentary and the nomadic, and the online, the offline, and the wireless. The section focuses on presenting a set of visions for application and development of the m-learning paradigm and provides the best practice framework to guide the design of high-quality learning experiences.

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