The smallness of a mobile device can place learning activities quite literally in the learners' hands. The spontaneity that use of a pocket-sized device can offer means that learning can be unobtrusive and convenient. This can be a powerful motivator for disaffected or less experienced learners. Other benefits include:
|Motivation.||Bite-sized resources delivered via a small screen can encourage participation in learning.|
|Control.||Opportunities are available to revisit content, add to e-portfolios or test knowledge in learners' own time and chosen location.|
|Portability.||Can be used in a range of contexts, including work-based, community and family learning.|
|Recording achievement.||Learners' achievements can be recorded via audio, video or stills images, by learners themselves.|
A case study, Mobile learning and teaching with PDAsfrom Dewsbury College, Thomas Danby College and Bishop Burton College, shows how e-learning resources can be taken into outreach venues and work-based learning environments on mobile devices to motivate and empower learners, and provide evidence of their achievements. This case study is also available on video.