Standards and the E-Learning Guild Report on M-Learning

4 09 2007

It’s now been a few months since my report on the recommended Australian Standards for M-Learning, and their companion guide for teachers and developers, were released by the E-Standards for Training Experts Group (EEG), and they’ve both been well received – according to the EEG, the documents have become the most downloaded files on the website.

The aim of the M-Learning Standards was to develop a range of technical specifications that would support better interoperability of resources and systems between VET organisations. The latest report on M-Learning by the E-Learning Guild asserted that one of the largest barriers to the adoption of mobile learning expressed by e-learning pratitioners was a perceived “lack of standards”. The other major barrier to the adoption of m-learning that was expressed, that “content developed for other media does not transfer well to mobile devices” is also addressed by the Standards for M-Learning, and so hopefully, the Standards will help to address these perceived barrier to the adoption of mobile technologies in education into the future.

The majority of recommended standards value openness to facilitate development and sharing, with the remainder comprising of non-asserted proprietary formats which have become de-facto standards due to widespread use. (“Non-asserted” proprietary formats are “owned”, but are unimpeded for use in educational developments, as intellectual property rights are not asserted against those who use those formats).

As such, the Standards for M-Learning may help to lay a foundation for organisations contemplating the use of M-Learning, to advise formats for the best possible quality of resources and to promote  interoperability between both mobile and non-mobile platforms.

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4 responses

6 09 2007

This IS good news Len!

I like this: “majority of recommended standards value openness to facilitate development and sharing” …

The challenge I think we continue to face in organisations to the draw the standards in together with practice, so one does not foreshadow the other, but the two together to provide healthy ongoing debate in developing mobile learning practices!

Cheers, Marg

11 09 2007

I am currently researching learner readiness concerning on line applications.Having sourced data from overseas, 4 countries the following issues are emerging:
drop out rate higher than class room delivery methods.
students require initial IT training to cope with the programmes.
Curent students not making very good independant learners.
What data have you if any re mlearning?

12 09 2007


14 09 2007

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