北大教育论坛：Mobile Learning: an International Perspective
Professor of Educational Technology, the Open University, UK
摘要：‘Mobile learning’ is a term that varies with context and culture. Related concepts include ‘1 to1 learning’, ‘pervasive learning’, ‘ambient learning’ and ‘ubiquitous learning’. Each of these can have some combination of technological, educational, or socio-cultural orientation (e.g. learning in a mobile world). This is a strength not a weakness of the field, showing its interdisciplinarity and trans-national scope. Thus, mobile learning research in Europe, arising from the MOBIlearn and m-Learning projects has an emphasis on the mobility of the learner and connecting learning across contexts. In the United States, a predominant focus is on effective delivery of instructional content and applications on portable devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. A related perspective from Asia, associated with the G1:1 network, embraces 1 to 1 learning in classrooms with each child equipped with a personal wireless device. Distance learning institutions see the opportunity to support students with personalised toolkits for anytime anywhere learning. Another perspective embraces ‘mobile technology for development’, where mobilised services including SMS and smartphone web access can enable new forms of learning for basic skills education, professional enhancement, and knowledge sharing. In my presentation I shall offer an international perspective on previous developments, current state and future prospects for mobile learning, in a world of globalised education, online tutoring, open educational resources, and personalised learning services.
Mike Sharples ： Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies for learning. He inaugurated the mLearn conference series and was Founding President of the International Association for Mobile Learning. Recent projects have included the Personal Inquiry project developing inquiry science learning with mobile devices and a collaboration with Sharp Labs Europe to design mobile technologies for language learning. He is the author of over 200 papers in the areas of educational technology, human-centred design of personal technologies, artificial intelligence and cognitive science.