The current generation of students, dubbed the “
” has grownup in a world that has always had the Internet, multimedia,and on-demand accessto information. As a result, today’s students have adapted to the onslaught of digital information by media-multitasking and are open to discovering new waysof integrating their digital reality into learning (see Table 1).At the same time, increasing pressure has been placed on higher education toteachmassesofdiversestudentsexpectingbothaqualityeducationcombinedwithhighly interactive multimedia. As a result, educating this Web-centric generationhas become increasingly more challenging. In this article, we illustrate howmLearning technologies can support and provide a platform for active learning,collaboration, and innovation in higher education.For the most part, colleges and universities are just beginning to realize the potential of mobiletechnology to improve the quality of student learning. In order tomeettheirstudentschangingexpectationsanddigitallearningstyles,instructorsneed to be provided with professional development opportunities to experimentwith current and emergingWeb-based technologies.AnotherkeyindicatorthattheInternetistrendingtowardamobileexperienceisthe move by media giants such as Yahoo!, Google, Disney Internet Group, AppleComputer,andSonytoprovidemoreandmoreoftheircontentonmobiledevices.Moreover, a 2005 study conducted by the United States-based Kaiser FamilyFoundation found that, although 90% of teen online access occurs in the home,
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Table 1. What Are the Key Attributes of Web 2.0 Technology?
: Users make substantive contributions to enhancethe overall value of a service.•
: For users, the value of a network substantially increaseswith the addition of each new user.
: Users experience learning on their terms, not those of acentralized authority, such as a teacher.•
: Users participate in the creation and delivery of the learningcontent.•
: Experiences are created and tailored to user needs, learningstyle, and multiple intelligences by integrating the capabilities of multipletypes of social media.•
: Cumulative actions at the lowest levels of the systemdrive the form and value of the overall system. Users derive value not onlyfrom the service itself, but also the overall shape that a service inherits fromuser behaviors.
: Refer to Schauer (2005).