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Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning

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Published by: Solomon Wisdom on Dec 02, 2010
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Mobile E-Learning: Exploring Partnership between Education and TelecommunicationsPlatform.ByAJIGBOYE, SolomonSystems LibrarianCovenant UniversityP.M.B . 1023, OtaOgun State.E-Mail: ajigboyesolomon@yahoo.comABSTRACT:
Telecommunication has been described as key infrastructure for economic and social developmentin this Information and Communication Technology (ICT) era. The technology required for e-learning is provided by the ICT industry, namely, the mobile phones. The mobiletelecommunication has been able to penetrate several areas in Nigeria including the core ruralareas, as such should be able to facilitate mobile e-learning. This research therefore seeks toexplore the possibility of a partnership between the academic community and thetelecommunication sector for the delivery of Mobile e-learning and interactive learning. The studywould present the growth rate of telecommunication industries in Nigeria, their coverage,accessibility and stability in terms of social/developmental infrastructure (such as electricitywhich has become a pandemic in Nigeria).Also it will focus on the Academic Library as a facilitating environment / fulcrum for M-Learningin the area of classifying and cataloguing electronic resources, as well as how local content could be created to enhance proper understanding of the subjects in the M-learning subjects curriculumfor mobile e-learning.The outcome of the research would enhance a partnership between the academic institutions andtelecommunication service providers.
If universities are serious about enhancing learning through the use of innovative technologies,much needs to be done to demonstrate how this might take place.´ (Kennedy, et al.(2006))´In recent years, there has been a rapid growth of mobile phone networks in developing countries.Most of the countries including Nigeria have skipped fixed ±line infrastructure and leap-froggeddirectly into mobile technology. Currently mobile telephony is the predominant mode of communication in Nigeria.The advent of mobile telecommunication companies in Nigeria has therefore gradually begun toclose the digital gap (within) between the rich and the poor in the country (thanks to the china phones). It will also be of great interest that this development can be extended to other facet of thecitizenry¶s life such as the education sector , in other to reduce if not totally eradicate illiteracy in Nigeria by creating a partnership between Nigerian Telecommunication companies and theacademic institution.Will this development fundamentally alter the nature of globalization in Africa, or does the newlandscape of mobile telephony simply represent an overlay on existing economic structures ± aform of thin integration? This is why there is need to explore how this development can beannexed in the education sector to achieve more in Education 2015 target and beyond as we pursue the Millennium Development Goals. In bid to achieve the integration of Telecommunications in Education there is need to start considering full implementation of M-learning in our various institutions of learning especially those that have started full distancelearning using the electronic medium.Mobile learning through the use of wireless mobile technology allows anyone to accessinformation and learning materials from anywhere and at any time. As a result, learners have
control of when they want to learn and from which location they want to learn. Also, all humanshave the right to access learning materials and information to improve their quality of liferegardless of where they live, their status, and their culture. Mobile learning, through the use of mobile technology, will allow Nigerians to access learning materials and information fromanywhere and at any time. Learners will not have to wait for a certain time to learn or go to acertain place to learn. With mobile learning, learners will be empowered since they can learnwhenever and wherever they want. Also, learners do not have to learn what is prescribed to them.They can use the wireless mobile technology for formal and informal learning where they canaccess additional and personalized learning materials from the Internet or from the hostorganization. Workers on the job can use the mobile technology to access training materials andinformation when they need it for just-in-time training. Just-in-time learning encourages highlevel learning since learners¶ access and applies the information right away rather than learn theinformation and then apply the information at a later time. Educators and trainers are empoweredsince they can use the mobileWith respect to technologies, µmobile¶ generally means portable and personal(Naismith, 2004),like a mobile phone.M-learning (mobile learning) is a kind of E-learning which based on the useof mobile devices (PDAs,mobile phones, notebooks or Tablet PCs) anywhere atanytime(Georgiev, Georgieva, & Smrikarov, 2004) These devices must support wirelesscommunicational technologies (GPRS, GSM, IEEE802.11, Bluetooth, and IrDA) and have a possibility topresent teaching materials, and to realize anasynchronous/synchronouscommunication betweenlearners and teachers (Evgeniva, Angel, & Tsvetozar, 2005).In this paper, we focus on the strength of technologies, and the infrastructure, strength of academic libraries as content provider, and by the literatures review. Secondly, the line map and

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