Literature on the safe and disruptive learning potential of mobile technologies

Tiffany A. Koszalka, G. S. Ntloedibe-Kuswani

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Worldwide growth in use of mobile phones has fostered the emergence of mobile learning. Mobile technologies are used both in classrooms to support instruction (safe) and as tools that significantly change instructional activities, learner roles, and learning location (disruptive). Learners become less consumers of information and more collaborators, researchers, and publishers on-the-go (Stead, 2006). Scholarship in m-learning is scarce and lacks rigor (McNeal & van't Hooft, 2006). Even with increasing numbers of investigative studies there are still significant gaps in the literature (Litchfield et al., 2007). Little is understood about when m-technology is most useful and what constitutes good m-learning. A review of a broad range of investigative cbased and distance education topics are discussed, the distance education scholar and practitioner may benefit from learning more about these emerging technologies being used in faceases is presented and critiqued with suggestions for further research. Although both classroom-to-face instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-157
Number of pages19
JournalDistance Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Disruptive learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Mobile technologies
  • Safe learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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