Any time, any place learning
There are a number of reported advantages for learners using small portable devices, especially where they offer internet connectivity. These include:
|Spontaneity.||Learning activities take place when the learner feels ready, or can be used to fill 'dead time'.|
|Immediacy.||Learning becomes possible at the point of need, regardless of location.|
|Increased access.||Learning resources can be accessed from the workplace and in the field, while travelling, and during classes and lectures.|
|Portability.||Communication with peers and tutors, and the capture, storage and retrieval of information in multimedia formats are possible from one device in any location.|
A case study, Multimedia learning with mobile phonesfrom City College Southampton, illustrates how mobile phones in conjunction with web publishing have provided an innovative way of supporting off-campus learning.