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

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Mobile Learning

New Approach, New Theory

Helen Crompton

The use of technologies is becoming ubiquitous throughout today’s society. As philosophies and practice move toward learner-centered pedagogies, technology, in a parallel move, is now able to provide new affordances to the learner, such as learning that is personalized, contextualized, and unrestricted by temporal and spatial constraints. The unique attributes of mobile learning (m-learning) provide a new approach to learning, which requires a new theory.

This chapter begins by explicating the necessity for m-learning to have a theory of its own, describing exactly what makes m-learning unique from conventional, tethered electronic learning and traditional learning. This description includes ...

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