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ERIC Number: EJ893383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Learners on the Move: Mobile Modalities in Development Studies
Beckmann, Elizabeth A.
Distance Education, v31 n2 p159-173 Aug 2010
Many careers involve mobile lifestyles, yet require specialised postgraduate qualifications for career progression. Mobile technologies offer new opportunities by providing more choice in when, where, and how students learn. Experiences in an Australian postgraduate development studies program illustrate the choices. Three key issues are explored: the implications of variable Internet access and quality; how students use their mobile devices; and how mobile learning allows consistent engagement with peers, despite geographical, cultural, or socio-political isolation. The outcomes demonstrate that mobile technologies offer opportunities for ongoing access to distance education that can be pursued off-campus and transnationally with the same peer-centred approaches available on-campus, enhancing authenticity of both content and context. Offline, laptop computers and digital audio players provide portable lecture theatres, libraries, and study areas, while online they offer discussion spaces, research portals, and simulation environments. Mobile learners stand to benefit from the expanding access offered by new technologies, but the spotlight must remain firmly on pedagogical intentions rather than on delivery modes. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia