Mobile learning or m-learning is one of my research interests and I find myself reading a great deal on this topic recently. M-learning is a key topic in learning technologies. It allows learning to happen anywhere. A central theme to the tools and areas of learning is flexibility. M-learning allows for flexibility. The mobile device is often with the learner and information is pushed to the device for instant access to e-mail, online classrooms, communications and information sharing.
I have discovered the benefits of mobile phone use as a current doctoral student. Connecting to the online classroom is used often to verify a due date, check a grade, or look for updates. Emails and updates are pushed to my email. M-learning is studied in K12 classrooms, but the challenges seem greater at this level. Attitudes toward mobile technology integration are mixed. The m-learning article by Zhang et al (2010) was very informative. M-learning was integrated into a Singapore science classroom as an attempt to provide a contribution to the methodology for developing m-learning in science curricula. Their work and study will continue, with a long-term intention of bridging formal and informal learning through mobilized curriculum.
How students act and maneuver in m-learning is an important area for future research and I am interested in exploring how this will play a role in higher education. Online learning environments, lectures, discussion threads, and instant communication with peers are each areas of study for m-learning in higher education.