Course:ETEC522/2010ST1/MobileTechnologies/Discussion Questions

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Vector 1-Leading Learning Application Question

  1. What is the difference between e-learning and m-learning?

  2. What factors would you consider before using m-technology in your teaching and learning environment?
  3. What are the implications for m-technology in education?
  4. Joe Murphy, Yale University science librarian in the context of discussing the influence of mobile technologies stated “the only time print is relevant is when it’s not yet available digitally”(Hadro, February 2010) Do you agree with this statement?

Vector 2-Leading Solution Providers

  1. A student's response to e-readers was "Don’t attempt to turn e-readers into mini-computers. I already have a laptop." Do you prefer more bells and whistles as in the iPAD or an e-reader like the Kindle DX?
  2. With the wide variety of solutions available to learners and the regular "upgrades", do you think the focus of learners is on the value of the device/software to learning or the "hype" associated with them?
  3. Would you encourage you students or child(ren) to invest in any of the devices described in the presentation for use in higher education learning?

Vector 3-Stability and Usability Discussion Question

  1. Could mobile learning make physical classrooms obsolete?
  2. With podcasting, email and discussion forums, do we need to go to “class” anymore?

Vector 4-Total cost of Ownership

  1. A critical success factor in the implementation of a mobile learning venture in any institution is infrastructure (wireless). How equipped is your institution for mobile learning in terms of wireless connections and availability?

Vector 5-Future Potential

  1. How useful are the features offered by the SmartPhone and iPod Touch?
  2. Do users utilize the many features offered by the manufacturers of the SmartPhone and iPod Touch?
  3. Based on the many features and capabilities of the SmartPhone and iPhone, can you see them being utilized for learning?
  4. What are the benefits that can be derived if the SmartPhone and iPod Touch are used for learning?
  5. Who will benefit more from using SmartPhones and iPods for learning?
  6. The SmartPhone and iPod Touch have gone through many changes over the years. Can you make any predictions as to what will happen next?
  7. According to David Bell,John Hopkins historian,e-readers lend themselves to the extracting of facts rather than reading through the book thus makes the student the master, "not some dead author" (Rosen, 2008, p.24). However, he cautions that this is precisely the danger, because the reader should not be the master; "you should be the student"(Rosen, 2008, p.24) Do you agree with Bell?