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The future of education in Africa is mobile

The future of education in Africa is mobile | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
United Nation’s mobile learning specialist Steve Vosloo argues phones could be the future of education on the continent.
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Strategies and tools for effective mLearning in Higher Ed.
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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Prospective Teachers—Are They Already Mobile?

Prospective Teachers—Are They Already Mobile? | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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This research study investigated the prospective teachers purposes of using mobile phones and laptops, as well as the significant differences across genders and grades. Furthermore the frequency of connecting to Internet via both mobile devices was investigated comparatively. The study was designed based on cross-sectional survey and casual-comparative methodologies in order to first determine specific characteristics of the relevant  population, and to determine the possible causes for differences in terms of variables investigated. A total of 650 prospective Turkish teachers participated in the study. The results point out that, compared to mobile phones, laptops were used more frequently for various purposes, particularly the educational ones. However, in-class use of both laptops and mobile phones for educational  purposes was not very common. Mobile phones were used less for educational  purposes, but more for communication and entertainment purposes. Though there were statistically significant differences in terms of some purposes, given the lack of practical significance, both male and female prospective teachers can be said to use mobile phones and laptops for various purposes with similar frequencies. The same was also true for the grade variable: all prospective teachers from 1st to 4th  years used mobile phones and laptops for various  purposes with similar frequencies in practice. The present study also revealed that, for prospective teachers, connecting to the Internet via mobile phones is not very common and even significantly less common than doing so via laptops. The findings in general suggested a need to raise awareness among  prospective teachers about the mobile learning potential of mobile phones in general and in-class use of laptops in particular.

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A Mobile-First Approach to Competency-Based Education -- Campus Technology

A Mobile-First Approach to Competency-Based Education -- Campus Technology | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley recently launched a new competency-based Biomedical Sciences degree program delivered via iPad.
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iPad-Enabled Curriculum in a Graduate Program

iPad-Enabled Curriculum in a Graduate Program | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This case study examined student satisfaction with Apple iPad technology in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The iPad proved effective in student recruitment and engaging students in active learning. Although technical issues diminished its effectiveness as a teaching tool, these needs prompted important changes in network management at the institution. Overall, the adoption of iPads enhanced the students’ educational experience.

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You don't need an app for that

You don't need an app for that | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.
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Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015

We Are Social's comprehensive new report covers internet, social media and mobile usage statistics from all over the world. It contains more than 350 infograph…
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Is mobile the key to physics instruction? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Is mobile the key to physics instruction? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The handheld tablet and computer-based curriculum application modules called “Exploring Physics” were developed through this grant and have just become available for instructors and students.

“Knowledge of science has changed dramatically in the past hundred years,” Chandrasekhar said. “Even the order in which classes are presented to students has been studied and evaluated. Biology has morphed into a technical, molecular study that combines elements of both chemistry and physics, so it’s logical that teaching physics first may have more of an impact. Through this grant, we were able to analyze and develop the practical tools science teachers can use in the classroom to help inspire students to higher accomplishments in STEM courses.”

The “A TIME for Physics First” Program is a collaboration among the University of Missouri and 37 school districts in Missouri, and other local colleges and organizations. The NSF Math-Science Partnership Institutes grant funded a teacher development program for 80 ninth-grade science teachers and provided summer academies and year-round support to enhance their physics knowledge and teaching methods.

Development of an inquiry- and modeling based experiential physics curriculum that could be used in the classroom, and the transformation of the paper-and-pencil curriculum to digital format, spearheaded by Chandrasekhar and Dorina Kosztin, teaching professor and associate chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Science at MU, were an integral part of the grant.
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4 ways mobile phones are improving education

4 ways mobile phones are improving education | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Students of the world: Take out your phones and tap away!
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Here are some tips and tricks of how to implement the use of a mobile device in the classroom.  Even though distractions are one of the most pronounced issues of using a mobile device in the classroom there are certain ways you could motivate the learner to engage into use them correctly and effectively to contribute inside the classroom.  Using the mobile devices for research is one key method mentioned between others that are also very useful. 

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Do smartphones make for smart students? Profs weigh in - eCampus News

Do smartphones make for smart students? Profs weigh in - eCampus News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An increasing number of educators have built cellphones and social media for students into curriculums; but should they?

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What Are The Benefits Of mLearning? Featuring 5 Killer Examples - eLearning Industry

What Are The Benefits Of mLearning? Featuring 5 Killer Examples - eLearning Industry | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Wondering about mLearning’s benefits and why it should be a part of your learning strategy? Check the benefits of mLearning featuring 5 killer examples.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, July 17, 2015 2:47 AM

Some interesting points but most of the mentioned advantages can also be applied to technologies in education

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Study: Smartphones could cripple learning for these students - eCampus News

Study: Smartphones could cripple learning for these students - eCampus News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Despite initially thinking new smartphones would help lead to better grades, a group of first-time users reported just the opposite after a year of use

 

A yearlong study from researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Forcehas revealed that first-time smartphone users felt the devices actually hindered their ability to learn.

 

The report, published in a recent edition of the British Journal of Educational Technology, reveals how participants rated the impact of smartphones on their learning process.

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Thematic Working Groiups | TWG2: Advancing mobile learning in formal and informal settings | EDUSUMMIT2015

Thematic Working Groiups | TWG2: Advancing mobile learning in formal and informal settings | EDUSUMMIT2015 | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Each thematic working group (TWG) will focus on a topic to be presented at EDUsummIT 2015. View the groups on the left for more details.

Below are guidelines and examples of the templates used for each group’s findings

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Fitbits now mandatory for students at this Oklahoma university

Fitbits now mandatory for students at this Oklahoma university | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Now, all 900 freshmen are required to use Fitbits, the wearable fitness monitors. It's part of a new college requirement that began last fall and will be rolled out with each incoming class until all students are using them.

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Ending texts with a full stop is terrible, study confirms

Ending texts with a full stop is terrible, study confirms | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ending your texts with a full stop is truly monstrous. We all know this. Grammar be darned, it just doesn't look friendly. Now a study has confirmed it.

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Changing Kenya's education by phone - BBC News

Changing Kenya's education by phone - BBC News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The start-up business using mobile phones to change education prospects in Kenya.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, November 6, 2015 6:14 PM

Not all mobile solutions rely on smart phones.  SMS/TXT solutions are more viable in some economies.

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Amazon to Sell New $50 Tablet That’s Also Available as a Six-Pack | MIT Technology Review

Amazon to Sell New $50 Tablet That’s Also Available as a Six-Pack | MIT Technology Review | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As tablet sales slow, Amazon sees a way to widen its share: by enticing ultra-budget-minded buyers.
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Global smartphone user penetration 2011-2018 | Statistic

Global smartphone user penetration 2011-2018 | Statistic | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The statistic depicts the global smartphone penetration per capita from 2011 to 2018. In 2011, the global smartphone penetration per capita was 9.6 percent. In 2017, the global smartphone penetration per capita is projected to reach 34.2 percent.
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The impact of mobile in the digital era of education

The impact of mobile in the digital era of education | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The digital era of education has rendered fact memorization useless. It's now time to exploit the most efficient learning behaviors with the help of mobile.
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How Millennials Use Mobile Devices at College

How Millennials Use Mobile Devices at College | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher ed IT must get ahead of the mobile curve to support more students.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:21 AM

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Although the survey found that millennials spend more time browsing the Internet on their mobile phone than on their desktop, cellphone web surfing won by only a 2 percent margin (45.7 percent versus 43.4 percent for laptops or desktops).

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Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative: Mobile Learning

Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative: Mobile Learning | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The ADL Mobile Learning Team strives to be the source of information and support for DoD mobile learning initiatives. Effective usage of handheld devices can improve personalized learning and enable learning at the point of need. The Mobile Learning capability supports both the Next Generation Learning Environment and Next Generation Learner of ADL's research and development strategies.

The future capabilities for education and training with ubiquitous access to connected devices cannot be overestimated and will continue to expand.

While mobile learning is not appropriate in all instances, we believe that it should be considered as an important part of the total learning and training support infrastructure. Want to stay up-to-date on Mobile Technology in Learning? Subscribe to our free weekly e-mail newsletter!
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Why Africa Must Focus On Mobile Learning To Improve Education

Why Africa Must Focus On Mobile Learning To Improve Education | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Education is increasingly becoming more stressful and challenging for the students, educators and administrators. This issue is more strongly felt across Africa than in any other part of the world....
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Opinion: Apple and IBM have big data plans for education

Opinion: Apple and IBM have big data plans for education | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Apple and IBM are developing solutions that underpin a future of personalized mobile learning that lasts a lifetime.
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Mobile learning: Moving past the myths and embracing the opportunities | Brown | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Mobile learning: Moving past the myths and embracing the opportunities | Brown | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Mobile learning (mLearning) in the open and distance learning landscape, holds promise and provides exciting new opportunities. In order to understand and embrace these opportunities within various contexts and circumstances it is imperative to understand the essence of the phenomenon. In this regard, we first need to understand the core fundamentals of mLearning and gain insight in what mLearning entails.

Using critical reflection, this paper clarifies what mLearning is by invalidating myths and misperceptions related to mLearning. Acknowledging the lessons learnt through past experience, the authors then explore the opportunities that mLearning provides. mLearning challenges and risks are discussed to assist those who are keen to embrace these opportunities, in avoiding unnecessary risks and pitfalls. The paper concludes by sharing a few thoughts on the future of mLearning.

These perspectives on mLearning seek to provide an overview of what mobile learning entails, recognise the achievements of mobile learning to date, and stimulate an appetite to embrace the opportunities in open and distance learning, while minimising the potential negative effects of technological, social and pedagogical change.

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Moving past the myths of mobile learning - eCampus News

Moving past the myths of mobile learning - eCampus News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By now, educators are familiar with the term mLearning, having experienced its rush in classroom popularity starting as early as 2000. But two researchers say it’s now imperative that educators slough off the myths from the reality to avoid ineffective classroom practice moving forward.

“In recent years, many projects have assisted in the maturation of mLearning and much has already been done to integrate mLearning into mainstream education. However, mLearning is still in its infancy and we are merely seeing the tip of the iceberg,” notes Tom Brown, associate professor of research and development in tech-enhanced learning at the University of South Africa , Pretoria (UNISA), and co-author of the report (title is at the time of this report’s publication. He is currently CEO of a portfolio management company).
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When encountering something new, questions arise and doubts are a common factor.  Not only because what people say, because of the media and other sources that cover the material.  Here are 7 myths of using technology in the classroom. Mobile learning is becoming more popular, but so are the typical "they said" this will never work. 

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The 3 key ingredients for mobile learning success | eSchool News | eSchool News

The 3 key ingredients for mobile learning success | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Don’t forget these keys of mobile implementations

ingredients-successWhy are some mobile learning implementations successful while others struggle? It seems struggling districts are missing at least one of a handful of ingredients that successful districts have in common. When it comes to mobile learning success, leaving out just one key ingredient can ruin an otherwise perfect recipe.

What are these ingredients? They can be categorized as: leadership, strategy, and expectations management.
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