Establishing a Mobile Learning Community: Challenges and Solutions

Lixun WANG
The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
lixun@ied.edu.hk

Qing MA
The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
maqing@ied.edu.hk

Abstract

In recent years, with the rapid development of mobile technologies and relevant infrastructure, more and more learners and teachers have started employing mobile technologies in their learning and teaching. In this presentation, we will report on an ongoing Community of Practice project implemented at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), which focuses on the establishment of a Mobile Learning Community that fosters mobile learning and teaching among students and teachers in the HKIEd and beyond. To facilitate sharing among community members, a 'Mobile Learning Community' website has been created to showcase tertiary students and teachers' good practices in mobile learning and teaching. A variety of resources have been featured on the website, such as video clips of students' mobile learning stories, mobile learning App reviews, guidance on mobile assisted language learning, and discussion forum on mobile learning. To build up and maintain a substantial Mobile Learning Community (MLC) to bind together individuals or small groups and motivate them to use mobile technologies in learning and teaching, a number of challenges have been identified, such as recruitment of community members, sharing of good practices among members, consolidation of the community, evaluation of the effectiveness of the community, and the sustainability of the community. How such challenges are addressed will be discussed in detail in this presentation. It is hoped that this project will shed some light on how a substantial mobile learning community can be established and maintained to promote mobile learning and teaching at tertiary level.

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