Dec 05 2011

Mobile Technologies for Learning

Posted at 2:51 pm under Trends in Online Learning


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Mobile devices have become more prevalent in recent years. I find that fellow students, coworkers, and friends use mobile technologies to communicate. It seems like a natural progression that mobile technologies could also then be used in learning.

Park (2011) explain that mobile learning is the use of mobile or wireless devices for the purpose of learning while on the move (para 3). Mobile learning allows learning to occur across provinces, and countries. I have taken classes with fellow classmates located in Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Jamaica. This is a far geographic distance from Canada where I am primarily located. My classmates and I use mobile technologies such as laptops, the internet and smartphones to collaborate and learn together regardless of location. The Blackboard classroom is a technology that facilitates classroom discussions. Blackboard has also launched a mobile application. This is an advancement for mobile learning. Currently I use the Blackboard environment for my classes however the Blackboard mobile application would make it even easier to access a class because the class would then become assessable when the student or instructor is away from their computer. Blackboard Mobile would allow access to
blackboard from mobile devices such as BlackBerry®, Palm®, iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, and Android™smartphones (Blackboard Mobile 2011). I checked my blackberry to see if that application was available on my device and I was very pleased to see that it was available. The application is free but needs to be enabled by the educational institution.

Would you use the Blackboard Mobile App?



Blackboard mobile learn. (2011). Retrieved from


Park, Yeonjeong (2011). A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning: Categorizing Educational Applications of MobileTechnologies into Four Types. The International Review of Research in Open andDistance Learning, IRRODL, Vol 12(2). Retrieved from:


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