The educational use of mobile communication devices
Muyinda, Paul Birevu
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This is a position paper which explores the use of mobile communication devices in teaching and learning. We especially undertake a crosswalk around the fast evolving field of mobile learning with a view of positioning it as new paradigm for learning. We deduce that successful development and implementation of any mobile learning solution requires a deep understanding of the learning environment which is greatly influenced by the learners learning styles, theories behind m-learning, the technology at play and the institutional/organisational culture. Interplay of all these factors enables the contextualization of learners and provides a learner centered learning environment. We eulogize the need to blend mobile with fixed communication devices in order to bridge the digital divide in electronic learning and finally conclude that mobile technological innovations per se are not enough to propel mobile learning but a match in growth need to be realised in the mobile learning pedagogies, theories, philosophies and organisational attitudes towards its use in education.