Apple has applied for a patent that will enable users to dock their iPhone with their laptop. Samsung has announced that a dock will be available for the Galaxy 8 that will enable you to view content from your phone on a computer monitor. These two technologies could have major applications in mobile learning. We’ll have to wait and see.
A study of more than two million college students worldwide showed that students are more comfortable studying on their own and that they are not using mobile technology to access materials and lessons outside of the classroom.
In this post Dr. Joshua Kim contrasts the rapid advances we make in mobile devices with the lack of progress in mobile learning. He says that online learning courses are still designed for the browser and the laptop, not the mobile device. He makes a good point, but many students do most or all of their course work on their phones and tablets.
Bossier Parish Community College is developing an app for mobile devices that will improve developmental courses. Student who used the app will have access to their courses any time, any place. It will also provide analytics data so the college can track which efforts are working. This is part of the OpenCampus pilot project which rolled out in April, 2013. This initiative is being funded by a Department of Education First in the World grant.
Dr. Joshua Kim lists these factors to support his conclusion:
Savonix has mad the beta version of its mobile cognitive assessment tool available for a six week trial. The app will test you on your verbal memory, impulse control, emotionality, and information processing speed. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Google has released an app that will turn your smartphone into a mobile science lab. It is from the journal Science, and uses the sensors built into the phone to record data about the environment and test hypotheses. It also serves as a notebook where students can record data, run trials, and set up experiments.