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21 thoughts on mobile learning


Amit Garg from tablet and mobile experts Upside Learning has put together this great list of quotes about the smartphone explosion. What do you think?

Mobile is the future of workplace learning. It's not just a statement, but something I believe in. There are many thinkers in the domain that I follow, learn, and get inspired from. Below is a compilation of 21 most inspiring quotes and thoughts that apply to mobile learning, by some of these thinkers.

“You can't teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.” - Seymour Papert

“Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge." - Ray Kurzweil

“Technology is enabling our need to be mobile. We want to ensure that learning matches our lifestyle.”
 - Tony Bingham

“...the thing is "mobile sets learning Free" and we can now learn virtually anything, anywhere and anytime and that's amazing.”- RJ Jacquez

“The phrase 'mobile learning' portrays it as a version of learning, the mobile version. It ignores the transformative effect of mobility on the nature of learning and of learners and on the wider society; it might be easier to see it not as the mobile bit of learning but the learning bit of mobile and mobile is the defining characteristic of our societies. 'Mobile learning' seems too often preoccupied with enhancing the existing curriculum for the existing institutions and their professionals and maybe extending the reach of the existing education system.” - Prof. John Traxler

"mLearning is not elearning on a mobile device.” - John Feser

“mLearning is the intersection of mobile computing and elearning, and that includes anytime, anywhere resources; strong search capabilities; rich interaction; powerful support for effective learning; and performance-based assessment.” - Clark Quinn

“mLearning has vastly more potential than eLearning. Modern mobile devices are highly sophisticated and easy to learn and use technological appliances that make it practical for virtually anyone to perform old tasks or learn new ones using one physical device in a multitude of ways. Mobile is a Swiss Army Knife of functionality in a device that fits in every pocket or purse.” - Robert Gadd

"Think outside the course." - Judy Brown

“Most work-based mLearning happens in stolen moments, which is why a smooth blend between learning, performance support & productivity tool is so key.” - Geoff Stead

“Pervasive learning – learning at the speed of need through formal, informal, and social modalities.” - Don Pontefract

“No longer is the L&D function ‘the place’ for learning; instead, the role of the L&D team is to facilitate and enable learning. L&D teams should build skills in performance consulting, gain expertise in new technologies including social and mobile, and work to cultivate strong learning cultures within their organisations.” - Bersin by Deloitte 2013 Corporate Learning Factbook

"Humans more easily remember or learn items when they are studied a few times over a long period of time (spaced presentation), rather than studied repeatedly in a short period of time (massed presentation)." - Hermann Ebbinghaus

“The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more. Nothing less. And they want it at the moment the need arises. Not sooner. Not later. Mobiles will be a key technology to provide that learning support.”
 - Dr. Marcus Specht

“Instructional designers need to run, not walk, away from classroom-thinking and get to the point of providing short, quick business focused learning points that are easily accessible when and where our learners need them. This means leveraging new technologies to deliver non-traditional instruction.”
 - Karl Kapp

"Relax, the 'm' represents the backstage delivery technology. Learning and performance are still the big stars." - Donna Abernathy

"The only sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to learn and apply the right stuff faster." - Wayne Hodgins

“Timeliness, proximity, versatility – these are among the key measures of today’s high-impact learning organisation, mLearning plays a critical role in helping organisations meet the demands of these measures.” - David Mallon

“I absolutely think we need to give people access to material where and when they need it. It’s imperative to have a mobile learning strategy and that’s even more important with emerging generations. But I’ll add that when I talk to my peers who are in global companies, nobody has one.” - Karl-Heinz Oehler

“...the affordances of mobile technologies change our epistemology... what we know, how we know it, how we come to know, what we help others know, how we assess the worth and credibility of the known, what it is valuable to know for aesthetic, economic, cultural and any other reasons and who decides the worth of knowing...” - Prof. John Traxler

“There ain’t no question that indeed as much as I love my laptop that is not the way world is going to learn. They are going to learn on tablets and phones. Better be on board or you'll miss the train.” - Jay Cross

Which of these quotes and thoughts inspired you the most? Do you any other favorite one? Share it with us in the comments section.


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