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Jun 23, 2011 - Previous e-learning offerings were based on single server technology—individual servers being contacted by individual computers when the com- puters needed information. Mobile learning now uses cloud computing which allows the content from sev- eral different locations to be united into one website.
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Adapted by permission of The McGraw-Hill Companies , Inc. from The Mobile Learning Edge by Gary Woodill. ©2011 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-07-173676-3

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The Mobile Learning Edge examines the various ways in which mobile learning will shape the future of learning and training within the global business realm. Author Gary Woodill lays a foundation for those interested in incorporating mobile learning strategies into their corporation. He reviews the various formatting issues that make creating personalized mobile learning programs an intricate and dedicated process. The book also lists the various platforms through which mobile learning can be utilized and the technical differences between them. One of the most important issues discussed in the book is ensuring that mobile learning technology will be of fiscal benefit to an organization before that organization attempts to implement a mobile learning strategy.

What is Mobile Learning and Why is it Useful? Mobile learning is personalized and involves the use

of “cloud computing” through a mobile electronic device. Whereas traditional learning involved an instructor lecturing about what they felt was important, mobile learning is based around what the student feels is important, because with mobile learning, it is the student who is making the choice regarding what to learn. Previous e-learning offerings were based on single server technology—individual servers being contacted by individual computers when the computers needed information. Mobile learning now uses cloud computing which allows the content from several different locations to be united into one website or application. Mobile learning is not to be confused with e-learning. E-learning does not assume that the student is mobile; on the contrary, e-learning is done almost exclusively on a desktop or laptop computer that remains in a fixed position, whereas mobile learning can be done

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on a wide range of mobile electronic devices. Some of the devices used for mobile learning are mobile phones, Smartphones, personal digital assistants, laptops and netbooks, electronic tablet devices, MP3 players, portable navigation devices, digital cameras, portable gaming devices, and USB storage devices. This allows individuals to learn where and when they choose. Mobile learning programs are custom-made to display correctly on the small screen that is typical of most mobile devices. Existing online learning materials are being converted into smaller pieces because these small amounts of information are preferable for mobile learning devices; the learner is not going to want to sit for long periods of time to read through lengthy informational materials.

The Mobile Learning Edge by Gary Woodill discusses the various ways in which mobile learning will shape the future of learning.

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• Mobile learning is a personalized form of learning that takes place on a mobile electronic device, such as a Smartphone, tablet, or netbook. The popularity of mobile learning is growing quickly because it allows learners to learn what they want, where they want, and when they want.

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• Mobile learning is very useful for employee training. Tests can be administered through mobile learning technology and the results can be realized incredibly quick