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Students using interactive logbooks in a lecture.
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Personalised learning


Handheld devices used in conjunction with an online personal space can provide a sense of ownership over learning, enabling the development of self-evaluative processes. Learning can also be adjusted to individual needs in other ways:

Differentiation. Activities with handhelds can be designed to differentiate between learning preferences.
Accessibility. For disabled learners, specific uses of handhelds can overcome barriers found in some mainstream learning activities.
e-Assessment. Mobile phones have been used to transmit and complete oral or SMS-based tests and quizzes at levels chosen by the learner.
Personal information management. Immediate access to email, timetable, tasks for the day, SMS messages from tutors and peers and to-do lists can improve time management and learning potential for many learners.

An example

A case study, Supporting personalised learning - the Interactive Logbookfrom the University of Birmingham, explores the benefits of providing higher education students (and potentially students across the sector) with a suite of software applications for use on a mobile device, such as a tablet PC. This case study is also available on video.