The Add-on Impact of Mobile Applications in Learning Strategies: A Review Study

Topics: Educational psychology, Personal digital assistant, Pedagogy Pages: 17 (4579 words) Published: March 9, 2014

The advance of mobile technologies have turned handheld devices a part of people’s daily life, such as in communication and entertainment. Meanwhile, educators strive to facilitate learning by applying mobile technology and appropriate learning strategies. Nowadays mobile devices, such as smart phones, have equipped with location information receiver, camera, RFID reader, and other environmental awareness sensors. These can provide rich and interactive multimedia learning content for educational purpose. In addition, appropriate learning strategies can help educators facilitate mobile learning process and achieve their educational goals. Most of previous work about mobile technologies has been focused varied strength to emphasize the assistance in mobile learning activity. In this review study, we take more practical points of view to describe how mobile technologies facilitate mobile learning activity. The advanced mobile technology provides users with two important features in recent mobile learning research, situated context and ubiquitous mobility. Ubiquitous mobility has been considered and implemented in several researches in recent years (Sharples Beale, 2003; Joiner et al., 2006; Fallahkhair, 2007). With ubiquitous mobility, students can facilitate learning activity in the outside world and connect to other peers by connecting to network. Mobile technologies offer rich content of mobile learning and deliver information effectively for students during their learning activities. The feature of mobility also makes mobile learning become more and more distributed (Chang et al., 2003; Corlett, et al., 2005; Clough, 2008). Situated learning is one of mobile learning applications (Hall & Bannon, 2006; Morken, et al., 2007; Lai, et al., 2007); it is the learning that takes place in the context corresponding to the learning materials. Situated learning provides learners with authentic learning examples which suit the learner’s learning context. With mobile situated learning system, learner can acquire the context-aware learning materials to enhance their learning experience. Table 1 shows the benefits of added equipment on mobile devices. Museum guide system is an extension application of mobile situated learning system. Giuseppe et al. (2009) propose a location-aware, multi-device museum guide system which integrates various types of games and context-dependent information. The proposed system help improve the visitors’ experience by extending their interaction with exhibits. This kind of informal learning may draw more attention form mobile learners. Handheld devices have been deployed as learning tools in both formal and informal learning contexts. Clough et al. (2008) investigate how experienced users of mobile devices use their mobile devices to support intentional informal learning. The results show that mobile devices are used extensively in an informal learning context by mobile learners. Also, they use mobile devices in ways that correspond to the collaborative, ISSN 1436-4522 (online) and 1176-3647 (print). © International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS). The authors and the forum jointly retain the copyright of the articles. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than IFETS must be honoured. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from the editors at


contextual and constructivist mobile learning activities. Moreover, the embedded GPS receiver built into the mobile devices brings new applications and opportunities to trigger content...

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