Mobile technologies are one of the fastest growing areas of technology in education. For learners, they offer an appealing opportunity to transcend teacher-defined knowledge and approaches by being able to access multiple, alternative sources of information anytime and anywhere. While the pace of engagement with and research into the educational applications of mobile technologies has picked up dramatically in the last decade, there is no consolidated view of how to sustain the practices or opportunities that are being explored.
Sustainability is a complex but crucial issue in mobile learning as educational institutions are usually required to make substantial investments in mobile devices and associated technologies, time and training to initiate mobile learning programs. The complexity of sustainable mobile learning programs is further exacerbated by the fast pace of change of digital technologies, where with every change, new possibilities are opened up and investments required. In addition, educators are still attempting to reconcile institutions of formal education with informal mobile learning. The book addresses these issues, with a particular focus on:
exploring the challenges surrounding the sustainability of mobile learning in K-12 and higher education
investigating the importance of sustaining mobile learning for diverse populations of students globally
discussing theoretical models for the sustainability of mobile learning
providing the reader with strategies for sustaining mobile learning.
Presenting new research alongside theoretical models and ideas for practice, the book will appeal to researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education and mobile learning, as well as those working in teacher education.
Wan Ng is Associate Professor in Technology Education and Science Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She has researched mobile learning for over a decade and has published widely in this area, including an edited book on innovative mobile learning pedagogy.
Therese M. Cumming is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. As part of the School of Education's Special Education Research Group, Therese's research is focused on using iPads to support individuals with disabilities.