Mobile learning: Moving past the myths and embracing the opportunities

  • Tom H Brown UNISA
  • Lydia S Mbati UNISA
Keywords: mobile learning, misperceptions of mobile learning, myths of mobile learning, future of mobile learning, mLearning

Abstract

Mobile learning (mLearning) in the open and distance learning landscape, holds promise and provides exciting new opportunities. In order to understand and embrace these opportunities within various contexts and circumstances it is imperative to understand the essence of the phenomenon. In this regard, we first need to understand the core fundamentals of mLearning and gain insight in what mLearning entails.

Using critical reflection, this paper clarifies what mLearning is by invalidating myths and misperceptions related to mLearning. Acknowledging the lessons learnt through past experience, the authors then explore the opportunities that mLearning provides. mLearning challenges and risks are discussed to assist those who are keen to embrace these opportunities, in avoiding unnecessary risks and pitfalls. The paper concludes by sharing a few thoughts on the future of mLearning.

These perspectives on mLearning seek to provide an overview of what mobile learning entails, recognise the achievements of mobile learning to date, and stimulate an appetite to embrace the opportunities in open and distance learning, while minimising the potential negative effects of technological, social and pedagogical change.

Author Biographies

Tom H Brown, UNISA

Prof Tom H Brown (PhD)

Institute for Open & Distance Learning (IODL)

College of Graduate Studies

UNISA

Lydia S Mbati, UNISA

Dr Lydia Mbati (PhD)

Institute for Open & Distance Learning (IODL)

College of Graduate Studies

UNISA

Published
2015-04-15
How to Cite
Brown, T. H., & Mbati, L. S. (2015). Mobile learning: Moving past the myths and embracing the opportunities. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v16i2.2071
Section
Research Articles