What are the types of mobile learning? Today we will discuss about this topic. Basically there are four types of mobile learning generated in the context of distance education include (1) high transactional distance socialized m-learning, (2) high transactional distance individualized m-learning, (3) low transactional distance socialized m-learning, and (4) low transactional distance individualized m-learning.
Type 1: High Transactional Distance and Socialized Mobile Learning Activity (HS)
A mobile learning activity is classified as this types of mobile learning when 1) the learners have more psychological and communication space with their instructor or institutional support; 2) the learners are involved in group learning or projects where they communicate, negotiate, and collaborate with each other; 3) learning materials or the rules of activity are delivered from the predetermined program through mobile devices; and 4) transactions mainly occur among learners, and the instructor or teacher has minimal involvement in facilitating the group activity. This type might replace the traditional technology-mediated classroom group activity where students in a group or pair conduct given tasks or assignments.
Type 2: High Transactional Distance and Individualized Mobile Learning Activity (HI)
Mobile learning activities are classified as type 2 when 1) the individual learners have more psychological and communication space with the instructor or instructional support; 2) the individual learners receive tightly structured and well organized content and resources (e.g., recorded lectures, readings) through mobile devices; 3) the individual learners receive the content and control their learning process in order to master it; and 4) the interactions mainly occur A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning: Categorizing Educational Applications of Mobile Technologies into Four Types between the individual learner and the content. This type demonstrates an extension of e-learning which allows greater flexibility and portability. Individual learners fit this flexible learning into their mobile lifestyle. This type is mostly influenced by the context regarding when and where to learn. It also includes mobile learning that makes access to the educational system possible for students in rural areas.
Type 3: Low Transactional Distance and Socialized Mobile Learning Activity (LS)
In this type, individual learners interact both with the instructor and other learners as they use mobile devices. They have 1) less psychological and communication space with the instructor; and 2) loosely structured instruction; but (3) work together in a group as they solve the given problem and try to achieve a common goal; and (4) engage in social interaction, negotiation, and frequent communication naturally. This type demonstrates the most advanced forms in terms of the versatility of mobile devices and learners’ social interactions.
Type 4: Low Transactional Distance and Individualized Mobile Learning Activity (LI)
This last type of mobile activity refers to 1) less psychological and communication space between instructor and learner and 2) loosely structured and undefined learning content. On this basis, 3)individual learners can interact directly with the instructor, and 4) the instructor leads and controls the learning in an effort to meet individual learners’ needs while maintaining their independence. This type shows characteristics unique to mobile learning that support blended or hybrid learning.
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