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If you’ve ever heard the term ‘eLearning’ (Electronic Learning), a technical term referring to Electronic Learning and the use of computer aids to facilitate the electronic access to learning material, this
shouldn’t surprise you much. Ten years ago, accessibility to the Internet exploded as a new apparatus for the mass distribution of information. Today, it is a Web 2.0 and media rich collaborative classroom. In the same limelight, a similar transition is occurring between eLearning and what’s now referred to as ‘mLearning‘ (Mobile Learning).
Just as we’ve seen eLearning shatter geographic boundaries with tools like WebCT and Blackboard, virtual classrooms, and off-campus email, we now have the mechanisms to further support these tools, and
expand into a realm of mLearning.
The meat-and-potatoes of the matter is that not only will students continue the tradition of being able to access information anywhere, listening to lecture podcasts and videocasts on the go as they do, in
addition, mLearning could offer push-notifications, changing the rate at which pertinent campus and course information is delivered to students.
Not every university can provide their students with laptops, but there are devices entering the market at half the price, an eighth the size, and a tenth the weight, with capabilities approaching similar capacities as small computer systems. Suddenly, bundling a free personal mobile learning device with every student’s registration seems more prudent than before.
eloisep on 2008-12-24e-Learning is so last millennium, try m-Learning instead!