With the proliferation of mobiles, tablet devices and e-readers, teachers and training organisations delivering e-learning have a myriad of delivery possibilities.
In addition, the emerging phenomenon of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in training and education is adding a layer of complexity to how learning can be achieved.
VET M-learning Standards assist e-learning practitioners to keep ahead of current m-learning developments. The revised and updated standards can now be downloaded from the New Generation Technologies for Learning website, together with a practical guide for teachers.
Funded by the National VET E-learning Strategy, and based upon research commenced in 2006 and reviews undertaken in 2008, 2010 and now 2012, the revised documents include:
- recommendations on technical standards to support the creation, storage, discovery, delivery and usage of mobile enabled content;
- findings and recommendations on m-learning good practices in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector – from educational, technical and standards perspectives;
- information about new ways of utilising m-learning in VET, identified in the 2010 and 2011 Emerging Technology Trials; and
- advice for teachers, trainers and content developers seeking to create, select or use mobile learning content and technology for teaching and training, with consideration to the educational purposes it may support.
Mobile learning can be defined as learning that is facilitated and enhanced by the use of digital mobile devices that can be carried and used anywhere and anytime, such as mobile phones and tablet devices. Challenges specific to m-learning are related to the use of devices with reduced screen sizes, lack of standard input devices (such as a mouse and keyboard) and reduced computing power.