Title: Integrating students' mobile technology in higher education

Authors: Johan Lundin, Gustav Lymer, Lars Erik Holmquist, Barry Brown, Mattias Rost

Addresses: Department of Applied IT, IT-University, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 100, Goteborg 405 30, Sweden. ' Department of Education, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 100, Goteborg 405 30, Sweden. ' Swedish Institute of Computer Science, P.O. Box 1263, Kista SE-164 29, Sweden. ' Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, USA. ' Department of Applied IT, IT-University, University of Gothenburg, Box 100, Goteborg 405 30, Sweden

Abstract: This paper suggests that integration of students| own everyday technology in educational activities is a promising theme for development of mobile learning. As students bring technology, which they already use for their everyday communication, information management and networking, educators have the possibility to explore this networked distributed platform for pedagogical purposes. We report on a study where mobile phones and Wikis were involved in higher education. However, this paper does not suggest using Wikis or mobile phones in particular. It suggests looking into the mobile and ubiquitously available technologies that the students already have and are familiar with, and integrating these into the activities in higher education.

Keywords: mobile technology; higher education; student perspective; wikis; mobile phones; cell phones; mobile learning; m-learning; mobile devices; student technology; networked distributed platforms; pedagogy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.029951

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.1, pp.1 - 14

Published online: 03 Dec 2009 *

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