Defining, Discussing and Evaluating Mobile Learning: the moving finger writes and having writ, John Traxler, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 8, No 2 (2007). Abstract excerpt: Since the start of the current millennium, experience and expertise in the development and delivery of mobile learning have blossomed and a community of practice has evolved that is distinct from the established communities of ‘tethered’ e-Learning. This community is currently visible mainly through dedicated international conference series, of which MLEARN is the most prestigious, rather than through any dedicated journals. So far, these forms of development and delivery have focussed on short-term small-scale pilots and trials in the developed countries of Europe, North America, and the Pacific Rim, and there is a taxonomy emerging from these pilots and trials that suggests tacit and pragmatic conceptualisations of mobile learning.
What has, however, developed less confidently within this community is any theoretical conceptualisation of mobile learning and with it any evaluation methodologies specifically aligned to the unique attributes of mobile learning.
Some advocates of mobile learning attempt to define and conceptualise it in terms of devices and technologies; other advocates define and conceptualise it in terms of the mobility of learners and the mobility of learning, and in terms of the learnersâ€™ experience of learning with mobile devices.
The paper explores and articulates these issues and the connections between them specifically in the context of the wider and sustained development of mobile learning.
More papers on this subject: the June edition of International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning is fully dedicated to Mobile Learning.