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What is the future of mobile learning in education?

¿Cuál es el futuro del aprendizaje móvil en la educación?

Abstract

The evolution of wireless technologies and the development of applications for mobile devices in higher education have been spectacular. For many educators, mobile technology in the field of teaching and learning has recently become one of the most important areas of research. Today, mobile learning is a strategic topic for many organizations concerned with education. In the future, more research should be conducted to transform education using mobile learning. The advent of new types of devices is disruptive to education, no matter what educators and education institutions do. Therefore, a thorough analysis, from a pedagogical and technological perspective, is key to ensuring appropriate usage and implementation of mobile learning.

This Special Section of RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal presents a general overview of successful mobile learning experiences in higher education. Its aim is to share best practices and create new opportunities in universities. These mobile applications will add another layer to the learning and teaching processes.

Resumen

Las tecnologías inalámbricas y las aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles en la educación superior han experimentado un crecimiento espectacular. Para muchos educadores, la tecnología móvil en el campo de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje se ha convertido en uno de los principales ámbitos de investigación. Hoy, el aprendizaje móvil es un ámbito estratégico para muchas organizaciones que tienen competencias educativas. En el futuro, habrá que intensificar las investigaciones para transformar la educación mediante el aprendizaje móvil. La aparición de nuevos tipos de dispositivos plantea problemas para la educación, independientemente de lo que hagan el personal docente y las instituciones educativas. Por lo tanto, es esencial llevar a cabo un análisis, desde una perspectiva tecnológica y pedagógica, para garantizar el uso y la implementación apropiados. Esta sección especial de RUSC. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento presenta una visión general de experiencias exitosas de aprendizaje móvil en la educación superior. El objetivo es compartir buenas prácticas y crear nuevas oportunidades en las universidades. Estas aplicaciones móviles añadirán un nuevo estrato a los procesos de aprendizaje y enseñanza.

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Support for this publication was provided by a research grant (NPRP Grant # 4-125-5-016) from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation).

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Ally, M., Prieto-Blázquez, J. What is the future of mobile learning in education?. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 142–151 (2014). https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v11i1.2033

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Keywords

  • mobile learning
  • future of mobile learning
  • mobile applications
  • higher education
  • mobile age

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  • aprendizaje móvil
  • futuro del aprendizaje móvil
  • aplicaciones móviles
  • educación superior
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