Global Mobile Learning

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Implementations and Trends

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Edited by Avgoustos Tsinakos and Mohamed Ally.

The book presents information on implementation of mobile learning around the world and trends in mobile learning.

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Publisher: Open University of China Press
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IAmLearning

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Mobilizing and Supporting Educator Practice

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Edited by Robert Power, Mohamed Ally, Dean Cristol, and Agnieszka Palalas.

Teachers are more likely to experiment with and integrate mobile learning strategies if they feel confident in their ability to do so. Professional development resources and activities that focus on making instructional design decisions can help to increase teachers’ confidence with mobile learning. Teachers have indicated that a community of practice would also help them to increase their confidence with mLearning. To that end, mobile learning experts and practitioners from the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) have prepared this open access eBook to help create such a community of practice.

Increasing Access through Mobile Learning

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Edited by Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos.

As the use of mobile technology increases around the world, there is growing interest in its use in education and training. This is especially true in developing countries, where citizens are acquiring mobile technology rather than computers, bypassing the desktop and notebook computer stages. Educators and trainers will therefore have to develop learning materials for delivery on a variety of technologies, including mobile devices; and teachers will have to be trained on how to design and deliver mobile learning. For these reasons, it is important that standards for mobile learning be set so that high-quality mobile learning materials are developed and learning materials can be shared among educational organisations. This book on the use of mobile technology for flexible delivery is aimed at helping educators and trainers develop and implement mobile learning. It also provides information that researchers can use to conduct research on the use of mobile learning in education and training.

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Publisher: Commonwealth of Learning
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Mobile Learning

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Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training

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Edited by Mohamed Ally.

This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology.

This book won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution in distance education.

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Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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M-Libraries 5

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From devices to people

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Edited by Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally.

An up-to-date showcase of the innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile devices.

This brand new edition of the highly successful M-Libraries series brings together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading experts, practitioners and researchers in the field. Based on the proceedings of the Fifth International M-Libraries Conference held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014, it illustrates the diversity of innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile and hand-held devices.

With a foreword from Joan K Lippincott and 22 chapters from 13 countries, as far apart as India and Germany, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe, Scotland and Bangladesh, the book explores the following themes:

  • Best practice for the use of mobile technologies in libraries
  • Challenges and strategies involved in embracing mobile innovation for libraries
  • The impact of ubiquitous and wearable technologies on the future of libraries
  • Harnessing the future for teaching and learning with mobile technologies
  • Mobile technologies enhancing information access for all and pursuing the millennium development goals.

As the world becomes more mobile, users will access information using mobile technologies. Hence, libraries have to make the transition to provide mobile service. M-Libraries 5 will help libraries to develop adaptable and efficient mobile services so they can meet the needs of the current and new generations of users.

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Publisher: Facet Publishing
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M-Libraries 4

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From margin to mainstream - mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries

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Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham.

An up-to-date showcase of the innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile devices.

Mobile technology is now the norm for accessing information for a growing swathe of library users. As mobile devices become increasingly sophisticated and prevalent, so users’ expectations of being able to access information and services through them are on the rise. Libraries and information centres must respond to the challenge with ever-more inventive and effective solutions for providing content to users anywhere and anytime using a range of technologies. Librarians have a major role to play in facilitating access and providing the services required in order to access quality information.

This brand new edition of the highly successful M-Libraries series brings together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading experts, practitioners and researchers in the field. Based on the proceedings of the Fourth International M-Libraries Conference held in Milton Keynes in 2012 it showcases the diversity of innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile and hand-held devices.

The main strands of discussion are:

  • Imagination – looking at the future of m-libraries
  • Transformation – focusing on the transformation of services, learners or institutions through the introduction of mobile technologies
  • Inspiration – focusing on mobile innovation
  • Implementation – case studies of successful implementation of mobile services
  • Collaboration – a discussion of mobile strategy and ideas.
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M-Libraries 3

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Transforming libraries with mobile technology

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Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham.

This title draws together international authorities to explore the variety of work that libraries are doing across the world to deliver resources to users via mobile and hand-held devices.

Based on the proceedings of the Third International M-Libraries Conference held in Brisbane in May 2011, this draws together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading authorities in the field. The main strands of discussion include:

  • mobile services and their development
  • mobile users, their behaviour and requirements
  • emerging technical developments including new platforms, devices and applications
  • strategy and infrastructure developments at national level
  • reflections and feedback on new service models
  • local innovation.
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M-Libraries 2

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A virtual library in everyone's pocket

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Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham.

Interest in m-library services has grown exponentially in the last five years, as libraries are recognizing the potential of ubiquitous and increasingly sophisticated mobile devices. Building on the highly regarded M-Libraries: libraries on the move to provide virtual access, this new book brings together research and case studies from all corners of the globe on the development and delivery of library services and content to mobile devices.

Based on the proceedings of the Second International M-Libraries Conference held in Vancouver, this new collection of contributions from authorities in the field serves to demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity of developers and service providers in this area, ranging from the innovative application of basic mobile phone technology to provide information services in remote parts of the globe lacking internet access, to the development of new tools and technologies which harness the full functionality of popular mobile phones. Key topics include:

  • enhancing library access through the use of mobile technology
  • the university library digital reading room
  • mobile access for workplace and language training
  • the role of an agent supplying content on mobile devices
  • cyberlearning and reference services via mobile devices
  • podcasting as an outreach tool
  • service models for information therapy services delivered to mobiles
  • bibliographic ontology and e-books
  • health literacy and healthy action in the connected age
  • a collaborative approach to support flexible, blended and technology-enhanced learning

The collection demonstrates the emergence of an evidence base for m-libraries, with a number of contributions presenting the results of user surveys and studies of user behaviour.

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Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning

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An International Handbook

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Edited by Shengquan Yu, Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos.

This book explores the latest trends and technologies in the field of mobile and ubiquitous learning. It highlights best practices in technology-enhanced learning, and explores how new technologies such as mobile, augmented and wearable technologies are shaping instructional design strategies and the content curriculum development process.

The book consists of approximately 20 chapters, written by international experts in the field of mobile and ubiquitous learning. The authors hail from Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Greece, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Use of social media in mobile learning, Contexts of learning and challenges of mobility: Designing for formal, informal, and non-formal learning, Mobile virtual reality: a promising technology to change the way we learn and teach, Mobile applications for encyclopedias, Ethical considerations in the incorporation of mobile and ubiquitous technologies into teaching and learning, Use of augmented reality in mobile learning for students with disabilities, Using wearable technology to support transfer of expertise, and Core technologies in mobile learning. Providing valuable insights on the future of education and the upcoming pedagogies that will be applied in traditional, distance and blended learning, the book offers educators and stakeholders essential guidance in making innovations for the new generations of learners in the 21st century.

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Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies in the Curriculum

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Edited by Shengquan Yu, Mohamed Ally and Avgoustos Tsinakos.

This book explores the technologies that can be used in curricula to make education “smarter” and more adaptive in order to better meet the needs of today’s learners. The main emphasis is based on the theory and best practices of incorporating emerging technologies into curricula so as to educate learners in the 21st century. The book provides valuable insights into the future of education and examines which pedagogies are most suitable for integrating emerging technologies. It will help educators and stakeholders design and implement curricula that effectively prepare learners for the challenges of tomorrow.

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Publisher: Springer
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