Mobile learning (mLearning) can mean many things to many different people. The best description I’ve found is Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location. The reason I like this description is that there is no mention of technology. Technology is a tool to help you accomplish something but it is not the only thing that will work. I know, this is an article about technology. Let me explain.
As a teacher, my goal is to either impart knowledge or skill to my learners. (Again, no mention of technology.) The reason I’m so fond of mLearning is that the learning can take place anytime, anywhere--and that doesn’t mean it has to be in a classroom. If my learners can continue learning beyond the classroom walls, I know I’ve gotten them higher up on the Bloom’s taxonomy to where they are applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating. I prefer to do this the most efficient way, and for me, that does include technology.
In the next several months, I’ll take you through some of my favorite tools and talk about mLearning with smartphones, tablets, webinars and podcasts and how you can blend them into your teaching. (Darn, another term: blended learning.) Yes, it all fits together and if you keep reading in the months ahead, you’ll find out how.