The institutional perspective

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A model of implementation for mobile and wireless learning can be based on the following key questions:

  • What is the institution's vision for e-learning?
  • Does that include a role for mobile and wireless learning?
  • What plans are there for the sustainability of that vision?
  • What level of risk can be supported?
  • What strategies are there in place for widening participation and supporting personalised learning?
  • Do available tools support the breadth of learning that is possible, including situated or spontaneous learning?
  • Does the culture support pedagogical change?

A sequence of steps towards culture change across the whole institution will start with the institution's vision for learning technologies. This will drive the development of e-learning resources on the institution's learning platform - the content on which learner-centred pedagogies rely. The vision will itself be based on the needs of all the institution's learners , including those who cannot conform to traditional patterns of attendance or who have disabilities. The vision will also inform the development of the infrastructure - the tools, software and hardware that enable learners to access e-learning resources and participate in active learning from any location.

From these three elements, a culture which is supportive of learner-centred pedagogies can evolve, reflecting the needs of those learners and building on the available infrastructure. But the culture will also act as a driver itself, by encouraging and supporting practitioners' plans to enhance learning with newer as well as established technologies. This will in turn generate a demand for developments in the institutional infrastructure. Quality assurance is the final element that will underpin the successful development of mobile and wireless technologies alongside e-learning. This will need to recognise the role of all technologies in effective practice, and be supportive of innovative and emerging practice.

This model of implementation for mobile and wireless learning is illustrated here.