Portable computing/communication devices such as laptops, PDAs, and smart phones connected to wireless networks enable mobility and facilitate mobile learning. Mobility allows teaching and learning to extend beyond the traditional classroom; in the case of distance learning, users of portable devices can break the tether of the home computer. Within the classroom, portable computing/communication devices give instructors and students increased flexibility and provide new opportunities for interaction.
Mobile technologies also support learning experiences that are collaborative, accessible, and integrated with the world beyond the classroom. The benefits, however, do not come without challenges.
- Great for people on the go.
- Anytime, anywhere access to content.
- Can enhance interaction between and among students and instructors.
- Great for just-in-time training or review of content.
- Can enhance student-centered learning.
- Can appeal to tech-savvy students because of the media-rich environment.
- Support differentiation of student learning needs and personalized learning.
- Reduce cultural and communication barriers between faculty and students by using communication channels that students like.
- Facilitate collaboration through synchronous and asynchronous communication.