Mobile learning in higher education: moving towards a framework for efficacy and sustainability

Farley, Helen and Murphy, Angela (2013) Mobile learning in higher education: moving towards a framework for efficacy and sustainability. Chinese Distance Education (Zhongguo Yuancheng Jiaoyu) , 9 (6). pp. 16-24. ISSN 1009-458X

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The role of mobile technologies in higher education is becoming increasingly important, resulting in a need for theoretical frameworks that provide a sound foundation to support the use of these technologies for effective teaching and learning in a sustainable manner. This review summarises the characteristics of three influential but contrasting theories of mobile learning that have been developed since 2005. These three theories are compared and contrasted according to two categories; namely, the nature of the definition used for the theory and the relationship with existing theories of learning and pedagogical considerations that form the foundation of the theoretical framework. Using the lessons learned from this examination, the authors propose a methodology for creating a pragmatic Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework (MLEF) that is applicable to a variety of contexts and is flexible enough to accommodate the adoption of emerging mobile technologies. This work is already underway and is expected to be completed in 2015.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2014 11:38
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 03:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile learning; m-learning; pedagogy; sustainability; e-learning; theoretical frameworks; evaluation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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