m-learning Developments

New opportunities are starting to emerge for learning using portable devices like smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablet PCs and laptop computers which can also be linked via communications systems  like Wi Fi (wireless LAN) or GPRS and GSM. pjb Associates has been monitoring these developments and analysing these trends for more than four years.

We have collected a number of useful papers and articles and other resources as well as continue to monitor research projects. Also see m-learning World.

In addition we edited the MOBilearn Newsletter for the MOBilearn Project. The MOBIlearn Project is a worldwide European-led research and development project exploring context-sensitive approaches to informal, problem-based and workplace learning by using key advances in mobile technologies.

In September 2001 we established the m-learning Forum with the purpose of encouraging new business opportunities and stimulating mobile learning products and services within the overall Learning Business. This in turn we hope will create new opportunities for widening access to learning in order to reduce social exclusion and opportunities for the continuous up-skilling of the workforce in order to maintain competitiveness.

Under the Forum we organised two successful meetings one in London, UK at the Pearson Headquarters on “Developing the Mobile Learning Business” and the other one in Helsinki, Finland entitled “Finland as a laboratory of mobile technologies” and have helped organise the "Interactive TV & Mobile Learning" conference. We have also been associated with with a number of other conferences - European Workshop on Mobile And Contextual Learning - Birmingham University, UK and "mLearning: the Cutting Edge" Dublin, Ireland

If any organisation is interested in using our consultancy services contact Peter Bates at pjb@pjb.co.uk.

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Last updated 31 January 2006