Sustaining Mobile Learning: Theory, research and practice

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Wan Ng, Therese M. Cumming
Routledge, Jul 16, 2015 - Education - 258 pages

Mobile technologies are one of the fastest growing areas of technology in education. For learners, they offer an appealing opportunity to transcend teacher-defined knowledge and approaches by being able to access multiple, alternative sources of information anytime and anywhere. While the pace of engagement with and research into the educational applications of mobile technologies has picked up dramatically in the last decade, there is no consolidated view of how to sustain the practices or opportunities that are being explored.

Sustainability is a complex but crucial issue in mobile learning as educational institutions are usually required to make substantial investments in mobile devices and associated technologies, time and training to initiate mobile learning programs. The complexity of sustainable mobile learning programs is further exacerbated by the fast pace of change of digital technologies, where with every change, new possibilities are opened up and investments required. In addition, educators are still attempting to reconcile institutions of formal education with informal mobile learning. The book addresses these issues, with a particular focus on:

  • exploring the challenges surrounding the sustainability of mobile learning in K-12 and higher education
  • investigating the importance of sustaining mobile learning for diverse populations of students globally
  • discussing theoretical models for the sustainability of mobile learning
  • providing the reader with strategies for sustaining mobile learning.

Presenting new research alongside theoretical models and ideas for practice, the book will appeal to researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education and mobile learning, as well as those working in teacher education.

 

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Contents

Key challenges
1
Reframing global learning for the twentyfirst century
26
3 Waypoints along learning journeys in a mobile world
43
4 Professional development for sustaining a mobile learningenabled curriculum
57
Mobile digital literacy
85
6 Supporting sustainability and innovation of mobile learning in a UK higher education institution
108
A universal design for learning approach
127
8 Sustaining learning with mobile devices through educational design for teaching presence
149
An example of cultural history exploration
173
Sustaining iPadfacilitated visualisation pedagogy in nursing
193
11 Achieving sustainable mobile learning through studentowned devices and studentgenerated multimedia content
212
Index
227
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About the author (2015)

Wan Ng is Associate Professor in Technology Education and Science Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She has researched mobile learning for over a decade and has published widely in this area, including an edited book on innovative mobile learning pedagogy.

Therese M. Cumming is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. As part of the School of Education's Special Education Research Group, Therese's research is focused on using iPads to support individuals with disabilities.

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