Evolution of mobile learning

James R. Birt*, Thomas Cochrane, Vickel Narayan, Paul Goldacre

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Mobile learning has evolved dynamically, closely tied to the rise of mobile devices and educational technology. Resurging during the COVID-19 pandemic, it aligns with STEEP trends, reflecting changing learner engagement patterns towards personalised, socially aligned experiences. Its flexibility and interactivity make it a key tool for advancing Digital Equity and Inclusivity, bridging the digital divide. Integration of AI and AR/VR transforms mobile learning, economically positioned as a cost-effective option. The evolution, marked by three phases, shifted from device-centric to ubiquitous content access. The ASCILITE Mobile Learning Special Interest Group (MLSIG) emerged in 2016 to revitalise mobile learning, gaining significance during the pandemic. In 2023, MLSIG redefined mobile learning as an accessible mobile ecology enabling User Generated Content (UGC) and User Generated Contexts (UGCX). The future hinges on addressing the digital divide, seamless institutional integration, and comprehensive educator development. Transitioning to spatial computing devices and AI integration holds promise, redefining education and creating an inclusive mobile learning ecosystem for the digital age's challenges and opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2023


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