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

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Mobile Learners

Who Are They and Who Will They Become?

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

More than a decade of research and practice testifies to the fact that mobile technologies offer many learning benefits that apply to a wide range of people (see Hwang & Tsai, 2011; Kim, Mims, & Holmes, 2006; Rochelle, 2003; Sharples, 2000). Nevertheless, we can notice that specific learner groups have been targeted by researchers, developers, practitioners, and others. The target groups have been variously determined by imperatives such as researchers’ curiosity, funders’ agendas, national education strategies, organizational priorities, and commercial interests. As m-learning becomes increasingly widespread—partly as a side effect of the mass adoption of mobile devices ...

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