Getting Started with M-learning

This page is a supplement to Nicky Hockly & Mark Pegrum's seminar entitled Getting Started with M-learning, delivered for English Australia & Pearson at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 27 September 2012.


As mobile devices become ubiquitous, there is growing interest in m-learning, or mobile learning – that is, learning with mobile handheld devices – in education. In the sphere of English language teaching, there has been enormous growth in the number of smartphone apps available for learners to use both in and outside the classroom. However, mobile learning involves far more than apps. The principled use of mobile handheld devices has the potential to promote student learning and autonomy both inside and outside the classroom. Mobile devices can be used by students for consuming content, and more interestingly, for creating their own content, which can then easily be shared with a wider audience via the affordances that many handheld devices provide. Even more interesting possibilities are now beginning to emerge where the virtual world intersects the real world, thanks to QR codes and augmented reality applications.

This talk looks at ways in which mobile handheld devices can be used with students, both for consuming and producing content, both in and outside the classroom, and for mediating the link between the real and the virtual. We will examine a number of practical ideas and projects, and we will also look at some of the challenges facing teachers wishing to introduce an element of m-learning into their teaching. Participants will leave the session with a clear idea of what mobile learning involves, and what practical steps they can take towards implementing it in their own contexts.


The seminar will focus on the following major examples of m-learning, which are arranged in approximate order of growing technological complexity and pedagogical sophistication:


Please feel free to explore the rest of this E-language resource wiki. You are welcome to contact Mark with comments, suggestions or questions.