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Is the Future of eLearning in Mobile Devices?

, Pori School of Technology and Economics, Finland ; , Tallinn Technical University, Estonia ; , Nokia Net Boadband Systems, Finland ; , Codeonline, Finland

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Today, eLearning is adapting to industry, corporate bodies and government departments at an everincreasing speed. It is expected to be a product that will improve education and training and make learning time-independent. The main marketing feature of elearning in corporate education is that it is technologically enhanced learning. However, should we look at eLearning from a pedagogical point of view - not from a technology-oriented point of view. In the future we will see a tremendous increase of wireless multimedia network terminals that are similar to mobile phones. These intelligent smartphones together with 3G networks and applications are able to access the Internet as easily as web browsers today. Furthermore, major mobile phone companies have agreed on wireless application protocol (WAP) that will "bring Internet content and advanced services to digital cellular phones and other wireless terminals". Clearly, the Internet has proved to be a great improvement for learning and distance learning. Could wireless multimedia network terminals and mLearning be the next wave? · 3G networks, devices and applications · time-and-place independent learning · learning materials in an online environment · content production for wireless devices · wireless devices and user interfaces · mobile eLearning In this panel, we will first briefly discuss the relationship between the concepts of eLearning and eEducation or eTraining. Then we will define the mLearning concept and discuss the pros and cons of mLearning.


Multisilta, J., Henno, J., Lipiäinen, J.P. & Hämäläinen, M. (2001). Is the Future of eLearning in Mobile Devices?. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1372-1375). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .


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