Mobile Learning: Trends, Attitudes and Effectiveness


Mohamed Hamada, PhD (Editor)
Software Engineering Lab, The University of Aizu, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU039000

Mobile learning (m-learning) can be seen as learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices such as handheld computers, smart devices (e.g. Smartphone and tablets), notebooks, mobile phones, etc. It reflects how society and its institutions can accommodate and support an increasingly mobile population. M-learning is convenient in that it is accessible from virtually anywhere and at any time. Like other forms of e-learning, m-learning is also collaborative. Sharing is almost instantaneous among everyone using the same content, which leads to the reception of instant feedback and tips.

This highly active process can help in improving students’ performance and motivation. M-learning also brings strong portability by replacing books and notes with mobile devices, filled with tailored learning content. The challenges that face e-learning and m-learning systems come from the growth rate of students, education contents, services that can be offered and resources made available. These challenges include: optimizing resource computation, storage and communication requirements, dealing with dynamic concurrency requests, etc. Such challenges highlight the necessity of the use of a platform that meets scalable demands and cost control.

This environment is cloud computing. The cloud computing environment rises as a natural platform to provide support to e- and m-learning systems. The book contains a variety of relevant topics. The first chapter gives an overall view on mobile learning. The next three chapters discuss the psychological issues related to mobile learning and learners’ motivation in addition to the contextualization of mobile learners. The following two chapters introduce some theoretical framework for mobile learning and its cloud-based applications in addition to a mobile-based recommendation system. The last four chapters focus on case studies of mobile learning on natural language education.
(Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Mobile Learning
(Arreytambe Tabot and Mohamed Hamada, Department of Computer Science, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 2: The Importance of Mobile-Assisted Learning: Developing a Motivational Perspective
(Huy P. Phan, Oqab Alrashidi, and Bing H. Ngu, The University of New England, Australia)

Chapter 3: Psychological Insights Offer the Way Forward for Mobile Learning
(Judith Ramsay, and Melody M Terras, School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, UK, and others)

Chapter 4: Contextualization of Mobile Learners
(Alisa Sotsenko, Janosch Zbick, Marc Jansen, and Marcelo Milrad, Linnaeus University, Department of Media Technology, Växjö, Sweden)

Chapter 5: Interactive Multimedia Mobile Learning Based on Cloud Computing
(Tiako Fani Michele Doriane, and Mohamed Hamada, Department of Computer Science, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 6: Recommendation of Web Content using Mobile and Web Technology
(Ogbonna Amanze and Mohamed Hamada, MSc. FCT, Nigeria, and others)

Chapter 7: Are Mobile Devices Effective Tools for English Language Study?
(Pi-yu Lee, Ph.D Student of Department of English, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 8: Taiwanese EFL Students’ Perceptions of Mobile Learning: A Case of VoiceTube as an Extensive Listening Material
(Hsin-Tzu Chen, TamKang University, Taiwan)

Chapter 9: The Effectiveness Of Using A Smartphone To Access App For Learning Efl Listening Skills Within A Taiwanese Context
(Fu-Yen Chiu, Tamkang University, Taiwan)

Chapter 10: An Example of a Multimedia Mobile-based Learning Framework
(Aree Muhammed, Kadir Tufan, and Mohamed Hamada, Sulaimani Polytechnic Univrsity, Kurdistan, Iraq, and others)


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