Taking up the challenge

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"Before we were concerned with controlling learners' use of computers, but now the challenge is to know how they are accessing their own technology to enhance their own learning."
John Stone, Principal, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.
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Introduction


The part mobile and wireless technologies will play in post-16 and higher education will continue to develop as the technologies change and mature, but the practice illustrated in this publication offers some responses to three of the key questions for institutions and practitioners:

  • What roles are emerging for mobile devices?
  • How have mobile and wireless technologies changed, modified or extended current pedagogies?
  • What is the relationship between mobile and wireless learning and current forms of e-learning?

Mobile technologies place learning firmly in the hands of learners and so could have the potential to move established practice still further towards a model in which learners are supported by practitioners and institutions to pursue their own learning goals, navigating through a range of sources of knowledge, connecting elements to form their own interpretations, then indicating their readiness for assessment.

Evidence suggests that smaller devices have found their niche in offering support for active learning approaches, for example through the capture of data on location or through on-the-move contact with mentors, tutors or other learners.