Challenges in mobile learning
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Some of the main advantages of mobile learning is that it is accessible almost anywhere at any time and also allows sharing information and material of interest instantaneously.
However Mobile learning has many challenges lying ahead. Some of the key challenges in mobile learning include:
- Connectivity and bandwidth limitations: Mobile learning relies heavily on internet connectivity, and issues such as slow internet speeds or
limited bandwidth can make it difficult for learners to access and use learning materials effectively.
- Compatibility: Mobile devices are available with a wide range of screen sizes, operating systems, and platforms
that need to be taken into consideration when designing mobile learning resources. This can create additional challenges for educators and instructional
designers in terms of ensuring that learning resources are compatible with all devices and provide a consistent user experience.
Theoretical model: While mobile learning has become increasingly popular, there is still a lack of clear models and theoretical frameworks for developing and advancing mobile applications for
learning. This can make it difficult for educators and developers to design effective mobile learning resources that align with established learning theories and pedagogical
principles. Without a clear theoretical foundation, there is a risk that mobile learning resources may not be as effective as they could be in promoting learning outcomes.
- Pedagogical approach and learning goals: A clear and well-understood pedagogical approach, together with well-defined learning goals, is necessary for a successful implementation of mobile learning. Without a clear
understanding of the pedagogical approach and learning goals, it can be challenging to design effective mobile learning resources that promote learning outcomes. It is
essential to ensure that mobile learning resources are aligned with established pedagogical principles and designed to meet specific learning goals.
- Privacy and security concerns: With the increased use of mobile devices for learning, there are concerns around the privacy and security of learners' personal data. Institutions need to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect learners' data and maintain their privacy.
Links and References
1) Literature Review in Mobile Technologies and Learning - Future lab Series - Report 11 - Laura Naismith, Peter Lonsdale, Giasemi Vavoula, Mike Sharples - Nottingham University
2) Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers edited by Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, John Traxler (google book)
3) The Evolution of Mobile Teaching and Learning edited by Retta Guy (google book)