Authentic mobile learning in higher education

Year: 2007

Author: Herrington, Anthony, Herrington, Jan

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The ready availability and uptake of devices such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants and mobile music players, have permeated the manner and means of human communication, socializing and entertainment on a large scale. In this paper, we present a description of the shift in philosophical and theoretical underpinnings, and the practical developments in education over the last two decades that demand marked changes in the kind of learning environments we need to design. We argue that these changes have created justifiable conditions for the pedagogical use of mobile technologies based on authentic learning. A review of research in the authentic use of mobile technologies in higher education will be presented and implications for future research will be drawn.