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Students using mobile phones.
"Mobile learning helps learners to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and to recognise their existing abilities."
Jill Attewell, Mobile Technologies and Learning, LSDA (2005)
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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.

An example

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.