ERIC Number: EJ893226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Literature on the Safe and Disruptive Learning Potential of Mobile Technologies
Koszalka, Tiffany A.; Ntloedibe-Kuswani, G. S.
Distance Education, v31 n2 p139-157 Aug 2010
Worldwide growth in use of mobile phones has fostered the emergence of mobile learning. Mobile technologies are used both in classrooms to support instruction (safe) and as tools that significantly change instructional activities, learner roles, and learning location (disruptive). Learners become less consumers of information and more collaborators, researchers, and publishers on-the-go (Stead, 2006). Scholarship in m-learning is scarce and lacks rigor (McNeal & van't Hooft, 2006). Even with increasing numbers of investigative studies there are still significant gaps in the literature (Litchfield et al., 2007). Little is understood about when m-technology is most useful and what constitutes good m-learning. A review of a broad range of investigative cases is presented and critiqued with suggestions for further research. Although both classroom-based and distance education topics are discussed, the distance education scholar and practitioner may benefit from learning more about these emerging technologies being used in face-to-face instruction.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Information Technology, Literature Reviews, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Handheld Devices, Comparative Education, Performance Factors, Barriers, Conventional Instruction, Intermode Differences, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pakistan; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States