Standards for Mobile Learning

23 05 2006

I’m currently ACT Representative on the E-Standards for Training Experts Group, which reviews and recommends technical standards for delivering e-learning across Australia (with a view to best practice, interoperability and compatibility between states and territories).

At our most recent meeting, on Monday, we started a discussion on standards for mobile learning, and proposed a working group to look at the issues in more detail. In developing or recommending standards for mobile learning, I feel it will be important to consider the kinds of learning activities or outcomes that mobile learning facilitates, and focus on recommending and developing enabling standards that make these activities and outcomes as accessible, equitable and user-friendly as possible.

Another thing we’ll need to consider is that “mobile learning” is not restricted merely to PDAs or mobile phones – many other mobile devices can be used for learning purposes, including portable media players, USB drives, e-Book readers, digital cameras, and GPS handsets. Given the multiplicity of mobile devices, we may have to define the scope of “mobile learning” for the purposes of defining standards, and/or what platforms or formats such standards should support.

As the EEG assembles its recommendations for Australian mobile learning standards, I’ll publish progress reports on this blog, and will be happy to take any feedback back to the EEG for discussion.

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1 09 2006
Mobile Learning » More on Standards for M-Learning…

[…] I recently accepted the role of Lead Researcher for the E-Standards Experts Group (EEG) project to research and document a set of technical standards for (digital) Mobile Learning, as part of a broader project to support national best practice, interoperability and compatibility in flexible learning. […]

1 09 2006
Alex Hayes

Well done Leonard on your appointment.

I think the most important function of your research could be in sharing it openly as you are doing so in this forum. Of course your white paper will synthesise your perspective however it will be your network of knowledge that you imbed with your passion for this topic that we shine through.

I look forward to what the future beings with respect to your foray into standards for mlearning…..I’m about breaking them personally but thats my thing and I respect those thinking otherwise.

1 09 2006
projects @ alamedalearning.com » Blog Archive » mobile learning

[…] Standards for Mobile Learning http://mlearning.edublogs.org/2006/05/23/standards-for-mobile-learning/ E-Standards Experts Group (EEG) project to research and document a set of technical standards for (digital) Mobile Learning, as part of a broader project to support national best practice, interoperability and compatibility in flexible learning. http://mlearning.edublogs.org/2006/09/01/more-on-standards-for-m-learning/ […]




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