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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mobile Cell Phones: Key To Learning Of The Future?

In today’s classroom, mobile phones are seen as a nuisance, but they can be the key to a new, personal way of learning, according to Prof. Marcus Specht of the Open Universiteit Nederland.
Today’s learners -- of all age groups -- use their mobiles in nearly all their daily activities. Mobile media enable learners to access information and learning support whenever they need. “The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more. Nothing less. And they want it at the moment the need arises.
Not sooner. Not later. Mobiles will be a key technology to provide that learning support,” says Dr. Specht, who is professor for Advanced Learning Technologies of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) at the Open Universiteit Nederland, continues ScienceDaily.

Digital nomads
More than 50% of the world population use a mobile phone today. In the Netherlands almost all children of 15 year old have a mobile phone. Digital natives (those who grow up with computers, internet and mobile devices) use mobile media as tools for informal learning and for everyday living. This influences the way they communicate, live and learn. The key question is what this use of mobile learning tools means for learning. In other words: how can we unleash the power of contextual effects with ubiquitous technology for learning. It calls for a rethinking of education with its classical educational settings.


About Marcus Specht
Prof. Marcus Specht is Professor for Advanced Learning Technologies at the Open Universiteit Nederland and is currently involved in several national and international research projects on competence based life long learning, personalized information support and contextualized learning. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 1998 until 2001 he worked as senior researcher at the GMD research center on HCI and mobile information technology. From 2001 he headed the department Mobile Knowledge at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT). From 2005 he was Associated Professor at the Open Universiteit Nederland and working on competence based education, learning content engineering and management, and personalization for learning. In June he became professor for Advanced Learning Technologies. Currently he is working on mobile and contextualized learning technologies, learning network services, and social and immersive media for learning.

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Marcus Specht on Mobile Learning

Source: ScienceDaily and CELSTEC