Mobile Learning: Innovative Research Topics and Applications

Seminar: Research Practices, Challenges and Future Directions of Mobile Learning


Professor Mohamed Ally
Professor, Centre for Distance Education
Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI)
Athabasca University

Prof. Ally is Professor in the Centre for Distance Education and Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. He was Director of the Centre of Distance Education and Director of the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. His current areas of research include mobile learning, e-learning, distance education, problem-based learning and use of emerging learning technologies in education and training. Prof. Ally is Past-President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IamLearn). He is currently the Vice-President of the International Association for Blended Learning (IABL). He recently edited ten books on the use of emerging technologies in education. His book “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution to distance education. Prof. Ally has presented keynote speeches, papers, and workshops in many countries.

Abstract: As countries around the world implement open and flexible education systems, mobile learning has an important role to play for successful implementation of open and flexible education. However, for existing education systems to get transformed with mobile learning there must be on-going high quality research to inform practitioners on best practices to design and implement mobile learning. This seminar will provide information on research studies that were conducted and what the research says on the use of mobile learning in education. It will also look at shortcomings of past research studies and make recommendations for future research studies on mobile learning. There are many benefits of implementing mobile learning but there are challenges also. The seminar will outline benefits based on research findings. It will also describe some of the major challenges of implementing mobile learning and suggest how to overcome the challenges. As technologies emerge, educators must keep up with the technologies to deliver education and provide support using the technologies. This is critical since the young and upcoming generations of learners are using these technologies on a daily basis and they will demand that education and learning support be provided using these emerging technologies. This seminar will explore the future of education using mobile and ubiquitous technologies and other emerging technologies. It will also explore how to make education smarter using mobile and ubiquitous technologies.

Date: 26 February 2016 (Friday)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: D0212, 2/F, Jubilee College, the Open University of Hong Kong, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon

This seminar will be held in English.
Enquiries: Hoyee Auyeung (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6051
Co-organizers: The Open University of Hong Kong
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
School of Professional Education and Executive Development, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H02/15).

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