How Quickly Mobile Learning Has Progressed In 5 Short Years
As the name implies, mobile learning can be simply described as teaching and learning on the go. From the first mobile learning workshop in Birmingham UK in 2002 to the 6th International Mobile Learning Conference in Melbourne Australia in 2007, mobile learning progressed from ideation to a tangible reality in only half a decade. Indeed, it has become easier for teachers and students to interact beyond the traditional walls of the classroom, thanks to the advent and influx of portable, handheld and mobile devices.
To gain a better understanding of notable advancements in mobile learning within these 5 years, it is important to reflect on the phases of its growth across the Mobile Leaning International Conferences.
At the mobile learning conference in London in 2003, the theme was ‘New Possibilities’. Then, it was more an issue of how feasible it would be to navigate on such small devices as mobile phones and the types of learning best suited for this.
A year later, at the conference in Rome, themed ‘The Potential is significant’, there was a positive shift in the application of mobile devices for different styles of learning.