Taking the Plunge into Mobile Learning: The Basics

Written by: Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti
Published On: August 18, 2014

Nomophobia is a neologism defined as “the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.” One study in Britain found over half of all mobile phone users were anxious when they “lose their mobile phone, run out of battery or credit, or have no network coverage.”A growing number of educators see educational potential in nomophobia. Since all these people are already accustomed to having their mobile devices in hand at all times, they believe that the devices present an opportunity to teach and learn in different ways.

“You don’t have to be Nostradamus” to predict that mobile learning “will change the way we teach,” says Timothy Tirrell, director of educational partnerships and planning for MERLOT. He cites research by Garner that predicts that almost 370 million tablet devices will be sold by 2016, up dramatically from 118 million tablet devices in 2012.

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