Using portable computing devices (such as iPads, laptops, tablet PCs, PDAs, and smart phones) with wireless networks enables mobility and mobile learning, allowing teaching and learning to extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom. Within the classroom, mobile learning gives instructors and learners increased flexibility and new opportunities for interaction. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE mobile learning related resources.
Despite the advantages of using mobile devices for online collaborative learning, users face a possible loss of functionality. A test of mobile platforms for Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) found three viable choices.
This case study explains how SMILE — Synchronous Mobile Interactive Learning Environment — lets the instructor address student needs ranging from travel restrictions to barriers imposed by geographic, economic, or physical constraints.