M-Learning as a Subfield of Open and Distance Education

Authored by: William C. Diehl

Handbook of Mobile Learning

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415503693
eBook ISBN: 9780203118764
Adobe ISBN: 9781136311536

10.4324/9780203118764.ch2

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Abstract

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, and the computer—and systems such as the postal service and the Internet—have also increased the opportunities for both planned and spontaneous individual informal learning.

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