Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mobile learning

The new "thing" in online learning is mobile learning--the idea that you could have class materials you could study anywhere, on the go, using your iPhone or similar portable device. As a student, what do you think of this idea? Obviously, you're not going to write a research paper on your cell phone (at least, I hope not!). But what kinds of materials from your classes WOULD you like available for your mobile device? If the materials were available this way, do you think you'd choose that format often? Or would you probably just wait until you were at your computer and settled down to work on your class? Or do you think you'd never use the mobile version of the materials? Why not?

We'd love to hear your opinions!


  1. This is an interesting concept, but I wonder how it would work in practice. I think a calendar of due dates and maybe some light reading material are the only things I could focus on while on the go. If I could get reminders about deadlines texted to me that might be cool.

  2. Some people have suggested it would be useful to have electronic flashcards on your mobile device to help you drill on vocab (e.g., for foreign language courses or medical courses with lots of terms to learn) while you are on the go.

  3. I hadn't thought of flash cards. That would be useful.