Title: Faculty, are you ready for mobile learning? E-learners say they are geared up and ready to engage

Authors: Joseph Rene Corbeil, Janice Wilson Butler, Maria Elena Valdes-Corbeil

Addresses: Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA. ' Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA. ' Bachelor of Applied Technology Program, College of General Studies, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA

Abstract: Over the past decade, mobile computing and communication devices have become essential tools in higher education. It is now routine for educators and students to carry laptops, cell phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) that allow them to access data and information from anywhere – whether in a classroom, in a meeting or while on the move. This paper examines the benefits and challenges of mobile learning, the most common mobile devices and how they can be used to facilitate learning, and the pedagogical implications of mobile learning. The results of a survey on mobile technologies will also be presented.

Keywords: distance education; educational podcasts; e-learning; mobile communications; mobile computing; mobile devices; mobile learning; m-learning; electronic learning; online learning; higher education; pedagogical implications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2008.018717

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2008 Vol.2 No.1, pp.48 - 61

Published online: 15 Jun 2008 *

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