Friday, November 9, 2007

Are You Ready for Mobile Learning?

As people become more comfortable with mobile technology, they should inherently become more comfortable with mobile learning, right? That’s not necessarily the case. As the EDUCAUSE article “Are You Ready for Mobile Learning” points out, “Frequent use of mobile devices does not mean that students or instructors are ready for mobile learning and teaching.”

Instead, we, as eLearning professionals, need to take a quick step back and consider the desired learning outcomes and our audience. Consider the following questions:

Who are our learners?
What are their needs?
How familiar are they with mobile technologies—very familiar or just somewhat?
What do want them to learn, demonstrate, etc?
How will they demonstrate both retention and transfer?

In the past, we’ve talked about the dazzling effect of Web 2.0 tools. I think that effect also carries over to mLearning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fascinated by the topic, but am on a quest to learn how to do it right.

If you have a moment, please read “Are You Ready for Mobile Learning” and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

Mrs. Keady said...

I think you bring up some really good questions. I did read the article and it brought so many questions to my mind. I did some more research and discovered this, http://www.digitalnative.org/Main_Page, as I had not encountered the term previously. We are about to have a situation where the haves and the have-nots come to a head on collision.