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Friday, March 23, 2012

Growing opportunities that stem from mobile learning

Carina Paine Schofield, research fellow and Trudi West, research assistant at Ashridge Business School writes, "Our mobile phones have become an integral part of our existence. Where would we be without one? But they've become far more than a tool to talk or text and are now an adjunct for our work, our research and as a useful aid when it comes to L&D programmes."

Advances in mobile technologies and high levels of mobile phone penetration are changing the way that learning can be adopted and accessed in education. It has evolved into more than e-learning with a phone. Mobile learning offers easier access to learning materials so students can be more productive with their time. It can empower executive education providers to serve up learning in multiple formats - audio, visual or text - to suit individual learning styles.

Going mobile in executive education (PDF)

That indeed was apparent in the research we conducted recently on behalf of UNICON (International University Consortium for Executive Education), entitled 'Going mobile in executive education,' which explored the impact of mobile technologies on the executive education learning landscape around the world. In particular, how portable technologies - smartphones, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), tablets and personal media players - can support and extend the reach of teaching and learning.

The report looks at practice beyond the business education market and highlights examples of learning providers embracing mobile learning within business schools, universities and the private sector around the globe. The examples are outlined in case studies that demonstrate innovative applications and new approaches to learning and include Harvard Business School, Seton Hill University, Abilene Christian University in the USA; Ashridge Business School, The Open University, EPIC in the UK; IMD in Switzerland and University of Cape Town in South Africa. Whilst there are some examples from business schools included, the report concludes that executive education providers are yet to exploit the benefits of using mobile devices to support learning, despite them being tools that most senior executives bring with them to the classroom.