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A presentation on mobile assisted language learning presented at he 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain, 4th - 6th March, 2013


  • 1.Mobile-assisted Language LearningPromising Opportunities for Foreign Language Learning Mahmoud Al Saidi Sultan QaboosUniversity Oman

2. MOBILE-ASSISTED LANGUAGELEARNINGOutline of Presentation: What is Mobile Learning Why mobile language learning? Classroom applications of MALL The role of educators Challenges and limitations More reading and Resources 3. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING? Researchers perspectives of mLearning Defining characteristics of mLearning Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) 4. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING? 5. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING? Researchers perspectives: Lots of DEBAT WHAT IS MOBILE IN MOBILE LEARNING? E Learner? Device? (orientation/(technology)? needs/wants)? Content?( cloud computing)? 6. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING?Kukulska-Hulme & Traxler, 2005: the possibilities opened up by portable, lightweight devices that are small enough to fit in a pocket or the palm of ones hand. Typical examples are mobile phones smartphones, palmtops and PDAs; Tablet PCs, laptop computers and personal media players Cameras, data storage devices 7. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING?Sharples et al. (2005)[it] is the learner that is mobile, rather than thetechnology (p3). 8. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING?Defining characteristics: Personalized Situated Authentic Informal Mobile Continuous Collaborative Portable Spontaneous Ubiquitous 9. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING?Simple definition A mode of learning which takes place using content or interaction affordances facilitated by mobile devices such as cellphones, mp3 players, notebooks, hand-held mini computers, PDAs, cameras, data storage devices and a number of other portable devices 10. MOBILE ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING (MALL)An approach to language learning thatis assisted or enhanced through theuse of handheld mobile devicesSubset of mobile learning and CALL 11. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGE LEARNING?1. Mobile device and network ubiquity: 90% of the people on earth are covered by mobile phone network.Colley et. all. (2010) 41% of users have more than one mobile device. The Oracle report (Yu Vespi and Hazen, 201 12. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGE LEARNING?1. Mobile device and network ubiquity: 85% of mobile phones shipped worldwide by 2011 will have an Internet browser on them.Colley et al. (2010)Near Future:between 2010 2015 Web access via mobile will exceeddesktop Web access.(Colley et al. 2010). 13. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGE LEARNING?1. Mobile device and network ubiquity: (Generation Y) downloaded the most of the commercial or free applications downloaded by all mobile users. (Colley et al. 2010)What about the developing world? In most African countries Internet usage via cellphones is growing: not by 10 or 20 %, but by several hundred percent year-on-year. (Colley et al. 2010) 14. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGELEARNING?2. Our learners real life: All own cellphones and most of them own smartphones Motivated towards the technology (POSITIVE) Geared to learn informally Suggesting mobile-based materials Already into mobile learning ARE CREATING mobile learning Content 15. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGELEARNING?3. Research:We need to re-conceptualize learning for the mobileage.Sharples et al. (2005)Mobile learning in general is inevitable in the comingyears.(Kukulska-Hulme 2006) 16. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGELEARNING?3. Research:Equip educators at individual and institutionallevels with appropriate designs for learning that cancope with and work well for new generations oflearners who take the use of sophisticated technologyfor granted.( Beethan & Sharpe, 2007) 17. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGELEARNING?2. What if we as educators justignored this new mode of learning? Failing to do so, will only result in widening the gap between educators ideas about learning and those of their students(Kukulska-Hulme & Jones, 2011). 18. WHY MOBILE LANGUAGELEARNING?Advantages: Learner driven and Potential for learnercenteredautonomy Relatively cheap Encourages and facilitatestechnologypeer interaction Very cheap or totally free Integrates real life intocontent learning Portable Easy content creation Ubiquitous eBooks etc. Still new and fashionable 19. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLSome Examples Educational Apps eBooks and eLibraries Social media Informal learning activities Course Management Systems: Moodle for mobile Course administration Audio, video , picture The power of QR Codes 20. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLEducational Apps on the rise Leading app producers Augmented realityaffordances Mostly for free Easy to use Choice User reviews 21. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLEducational Apps Apps from Unreliable sourcesWhat is the Trial Appsdownside? Data Usage Low quality Finding them 22. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLAppsExemplary language learningapps 23. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OF MALL QR Codes What are QR Codes? Quick Response Code Optical labels readable by smartphonesoftwarePowerful teaching/learning tools onsmartphones 24. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALL QR CodesQR Code Generators QR Code Scanners 25. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLQR Codes Both a QR Code Generator and Scanner 26. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALL QR CodesHow can they be used for language learning?/teaching Apps Text Web Course administrationlinks Classroom activities and quizzes VideoAdvantage: Do not always require Internet access. 27. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALL QR Codes - ExampleMobile StudentsConvertappscan app tolink to QR their App gets Code smartphon downloaded e 28. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLQR Code Try it now! 29. CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS OFMALLQR Codes Learn more 30. THE ROLE OF EDUCATORS Planners: initiate and administer learning schemes, offeropportunities, set policies, rules and regulation Guides/facilitators: appropriate materials apps, sitesetc. Facilitate work of leaners as needed Resource: offer resources and encourage students toexplore Tech support LISTENERS: to students needs and wants 31. CHALLENGES AND LIMITATIONS Teacher resistance Alignment of mobile learning with theoretical frameworks Technology-driven materials and practices Institutional rules Cultural appropriateness Cost Privacy Access to network Cross platform compatibility 32. MOBILE LEARNING RESOURCESMALL on wikipedia: learning portal: of technology for ELT: EDUCAUSE REVIEW ONLINE: obileassistedlanguagelearning 33. MLEARNING AND MALL RESOURCESApple Education: Learning: An online reflective journal on Mobile learningpractices: 50 mearning Resources: 34. MORE READINGSBeethan, H., & Sharpe, R. (Eds.). (2007). Rethinking pedagogy for a digitalage: Designing and delivering e-learning. London, UK: RoutledgeFalmer.Chinnery,G. (2006). Emerging technologies. Going to mall: mobile assistedlanguage learning. Language Learning and Technology, 10(1), 19-16Colley, J., DeGani, A., & Stead, G. (2010). What in the World are you doingwith your mobile phone? World differences in the use of mobiles. RetrievedAugust 27, 2011, from, J., DeGani, A., & Stead, G. (2010). Future trends in mobile use.Retrieved Aujust 27th, 2011, from 35. MORE READINGSDias, A. Carvalho, L., Keegan, D. Kismihok, G., Mileva, N., Nix, J., &Rekkedal. T (2008). An Introduction to Mobile Learning. Retrieved 25th July,2011, from, S. (2004). Mobile learning in the 21st century: Benefit for learners.Knowledge Tree e-journal. Retrieved August 9th, 2011, from 36. MORE READINGSHartman, G. DeGani, A., & Stead, G. (2011). Cross-platform mobiledevelopment. Retrieved August 27th, 2011, from Ismail, I., Baharum, H., & Idrus, R.M. (2010). Simplistic is the ingredient formobile learning. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies,4(3), 4 8) retrieved July 25th, 2011, from, Agnes and Jones, Chris (2011). The next generation:design and the infrastructure for learning in a mobile and networked world.In: Olofsson, A. D. and Lindberg, J. Ola eds. Informed Design of EducationalTechnologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching.Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an Imprint of IGI Global), pp.5778. 37. MORE READINGSKukulska-Hulme. A., and Shield, Lesley (2008). An overview of mobileassisted language learning: From content delivery to supported collaborationand interaction. ReCALL, 20(3), pp. 271289.Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2006). Mobile language learning now and in the future.In: Svensson, Patrik ed. Fran vision till praktik: Sprakutbildning ochInformationsteknik (From vision to practice: language learning and IT).Sweden: Swedish Net University (Natuniversitetet), pp. 295310.Mirland, M. (2006). How should learning activities using mobile technologiesbe designed to support innovative educational practices?. In M. Sharples (ed.)(2006) Big issues in mobile learning. Report of a workshop by theKaleidoscope Network of Excellence Mobile Learning Initiative. University ofNottingham, UK. (p.27 - 29) Retrieved July 9th, 2011, from 38. MORE READINGSNaismith, L., Lonsdale, P., Vavoula, G. and Sharples, M. (2004) LiteratureReview in Mobile Technologies and Learning, Report 11 for Futurelab,Retrieved September 10, 2011, from 39. MORE READINGSNorbrook, H. and Scott, P. (2003) Motivation in mobile modern foreignlanguage learning. In: Attewell, J., Da Bormida, G., Sharples, M. and Savill-Smith, C. (eds.) MLEARN2003:Learning with mobile devices. London: Learning and Skills DevelopmentAgency, 50-51. Retrieved 15 Auggust, 2011, from, G., Wang, J.Y., & Li, A. (2009). Theoretical foundations of Mobilelearning mediated by technology. Retrieved August 31st , 2010, from, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2005). Towards a theory of mobilelearning. Retrieved August, 27th, 2010, from 40. MORE READINGSSharples, M. (ed.) (2006). Big issues in mobile learning. Report of aworkshop by the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence Mobile LearningInitiative. University of Nottingham, UK. Retrieved July 9th, 2011, from, P., & Houser, C. (2005). Using mobile phones in Englisheducation in Japan. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (21), 217-228Yu Vespi, C., & Hazen, J (2010). Opportunity Calling: The future of Mobilecommunications. Retrieved August 27th, 2011, from 41. DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION?QR CodeLink it to awebsite.. THANK YOU