Mobile Learning – An Introduction

Mobile Learning is one of the recent “buzzwords” in the last year or so – referring to the dissemination of information and participation in courses on a device other than a desktop/laptop computer. Many websites are being designed to be compatible with a Blackberry, iPhone, Droid, and other smartphone devices. By creating these alternate websites, students are able to access information at any time, on the go. There are many companies that create applications/software to easily adapt instructional materials for smaller browsers, such as smartphones.

  • Blackboard Mobile Learn – This mobile app has been developed for the learning management system users to access course/organization information on various platforms, including the iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Blackberry phones. Because of Blackboard’s widely used platform, this mobile learning app can be implemented by many institutions.
  • Open-source websites – Many schools are creating mobile websites in-house for easier, more convenient access to information. One of the benefits to creating these sites internally is the ability to not rely on a single learning management system. Additionally, mobile websites can also include campus maps, bursar information, etc.

Both of these mobile learning possibilities (as well as other options) provide many outlets for learning to take place. In addition to these platforms, there are other options, such as podcasting, that can play a part in mobile learning. If you are interested in implementing mobile learning or learning about various mobile learning possibilities, contact an Instructional Designer on your campus.

Image from ‘Towards the m-portfolio‘ presented at ePortfolios 2007, Oxford.