Mobile and emerging learning technologies: are we ready?

Mingming Diao*, John G. Hedberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Several learning technologies have been explored in higher education around the world. Learning has become more mobile, massive, open, flexible, blended, informal, audio-visual based, highly collaborative, and activity driven. While the traditional classroom still exists, it is being challenged. Increasingly checking emails in front of a PC or making phone calls are being replaced by students using their mobile phones to post on blogs, conduct Facebook chats, manage Instagram photos, submit assignments and directly access to learning resources. Teachers require more advanced skills or competencies to use mobile and digital forms of representation in order to make the content and activity more engaging, accessible, convenient and customised. Teachers need skills in developing technological and pedagogical content knowledge and activities. This paper explores how mobile and emerging learning technologies have been used in the face-to-face classroom through examining the three distinct trends, namely, engaged learning, convenient learning, and customised and personalised learning. It explores the different trends in well-designed and equipped classrooms in a private tertiary college. The specific examples and cases were drawn from a study focussed on “Representational Fluency”, specifically designed to make conceptual connections between representations and how learners change their communication behaviour while using various mobile apps and emerging tools.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-252
    Number of pages20
    JournalEducational Media International
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


    • conceptual connections
    • convenient learning
    • customised and personalised learning
    • engaged learning
    • mobile learning
    • teaching technologies


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