Shift from Traditional Learning to M- Learning
The development of mobile wireless technologies has generated a considerable amount of excitement among practitioners and academicians because it results in shifting the academic environment from traditional settings to mobile learning (m-learning) settings. Increasing numbers of institutions of higher education offer courses using mobile wireless technologies as alternative teaching and learning tools. This article will discuss the current information on mobile wireless technologies, the types being used and the benefits associated with it. The first part will discuss the trend and the types only and the benefits would be discussed in the second part.
For the last several decades, wired technologies have been used by educators, school administrators, students, and others in higher education to help them in teaching and learning. In this century, however, institutions of higher learning are moving towards the use of mobile wireless technologies. The movement of mobile wireless technologies in education is a recent trend, and it is now becoming the hottest technology in higher education.
For the past few years, educators and students in higher education have enjoyed the many benefits of wired technology. However, wired technology provides limited access for usage due to a lack of mobility. In other words, wired-technologies cannot provide anytime, anywhere functionality, a benefit now offered by mobile wireless technologies. The use of mobile wireless technologies can overcome the limitation of educational flexibility with wired technology. With the advantages of mobility, mobile wireless technologies help improve efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning.
THE TREND OF MOBILE WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
An increasing number of colleges and universities are adopting mobile wireless technologies as teaching and learning tools. According to Swett (2002), more than 90% of public universities and 80% of private universities in the US have some level of mobile wireless technologies, such as mobile wireless devices and networks. Another research by Boggs states that in 17 academic institutions, 57% of library areas were covered with wireless technology in 2001, and the figure increased to 88% in 2003. In the near future, mobile wireless devices and a wireless networks may be required for all students and schools. It is possible that all areas on campuses across the country including parking lots, football stadiums, and coliseums could be equipped with wireless networks making anytime anywhere access a reality
THE TYPES OF MOBILE WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION
- Mobile Wireless Computers
- Mobile Wireless Phones
The benefits of Mobile Wireless Technologies will be discussed in the second part of this article.