A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age: Precis

The book titled, Sage Handbook of E-Learning Research, contains a chapter that explores how the average adult as well as adolescent in developed countries now own mobile phones and media devices. For many people in developing countries a mobile phone can offer the only means of sending long distance messages. In a parallel development as a result of the spread of personal technology, since the early 1980s schools, colleges and universities have experimented with handheld or mobile devices for learning.

A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age is the chapter in this text that states that some of the classroom response systems utilized during these experiments were that of data probes and their use as handheld writing tools. Currently universities allow students to bring laptops to lectures and some schools are even providing students with Personal Digital Assistants and the newly established tablet computers. As personal mobile technologies for learning become more common and attainable, studies show evidence of a direct correlation to the value of incorporating mobile devices in teaching and learning as well as substantial issues, including conflicts between informal learning with personal devices and traditional classroom education. In contemporary times children are developing new skills and literacie's made possible by mobile devices, such as SMS and MMS texting, moblogging which is the composition of diaries and weblogs on mobile devices, and mobile video creation. A new generation of location-aware mobile phones that have already emerged offer further possibilities, of education services and educational media matched to the learner's context and interests.

The complex nature of of interactions between students, educational settings, and mobile media challenges conventional methods of education which impart learning in a fix location or setting. Mobile media allows the opportunity for ubiquitous learning nationally and globally via mobile mediation. This particular chapters purpose is to propose a theory of learning in a society of exponentially increasing social and personal mobility. This includes learning through the use of mobile phones, portable computers (laptops, tablets) and personal audio players as well as learning in an era defined by mobility of people and knowledge.


Andrews, I., & Haythornthwaite, C. A. (2007). The sage handbook of e-learning research. Sage Publications Ltd.GreenZoner egypt