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2010 Short List Mobiles
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Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
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2010 Final Topic:
Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
Mobiles as a category have proven more interesting and more capable with each passing year. The mobile market today has more than 4 billion subscribers, more than two-thirds of whom live in developing countries. Over 1.2 billion new phones are produced each year, producing a flow of continuous enhancement and innovation that is unprecedented in modern times. The fastest-growing sales segment belongs to smart phones — which means that a massive and increasing number of people all over the world now own and use a computer that fits in their hand and is able to connect to the network wirelessly from virtually anywhere. Tens of thousands of applications designed to support a wide range of tasks on virtually any smart-phone operating system are readily available, with more entering the market all the time.
There are still some obstacles to adoption; in general, access to the Internet outside school or work is still a key concern for many Australian consumers, and finding any kind of wireless Internet service is often difficult outside of urban centers. In many cases, while students may own mobile Internet devices, the high cost of broadband coverage prevents them from taking advantage of the full range of applications available to them. Although a government-sponsored effort is underway to improve Australia’s broadband to make it faster and available in more locations, the work progresses slowly and many areas are still without access.
Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Enquiry
Mobiles make it possible for students to do meaningful fieldwork, taking measurements and sharing data and findings in ways similar to those used by researchers.
Nearly every student carries a mobile device, making it a natural choice for content delivery, reference material storage, and even field work and data capture.
The suite of tools available for mobiles, particularly smart phones, continues to grow, adding to the list of references, flash cards, games, and quizzes available for nearly every subject.
Mobiles in Practice
At the University of Louisville School of Medicine, residents use smart phones instead of prescription pads and multiple reference books:
Students at Central Michigan University use mobiles during classes to answer questions:
CourseSmart, a new mobile application, offers over 7000 e-textbooks; each is fully searchable and available via mobile or online:
For Further Reading
The Mobile Campus
(Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 21 September 2009.) One year after implementing its campus-wide policy of issuing each freshman an iPhone or iPod Touch, Abilene Christian University challenged instructors to integrate mobile learning into their classes and surveyed the campus community about the results.
World's Largest Open University Goes Mobile
(Press release, PR-inside.com, 29 October 2009.) The Indira Gandhi National Open University, in partnership with Ericsson, will now offer courses on mobile phones to more than 2.5 million students, allowing learners in rural India to seek a higher education.
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