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Handbook of Mobile Learning by Lin Muilenburg, Zane L. Berge

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M-Learning as a Subfield of Open and Distance Education

William C. Diehl

Although it is clear that the use of mobile devices for educational purposes is increasing, and that m-learning has the potential to revolutionize the way that people learn, the use of technology to connect learners with content and with teachers at a distance is not new. Indeed, since the beginning of correspondence education, and throughout the evolution of open and distance education, new technologies have made it possible for teachers and organizations to systematically deliver educational materials, and for students and teachers to communicate with one another at a distance. Like mobile devices, technologies such as the printing press, radio, television, satellites, ...

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