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Mobile learning for teacher professional learning: benefits, obstacles and issues

Burden, Kevin; Aubusson, Peter; Schuck, Sandy


Peter Aubusson

Sandy Schuck


This paper reflects on the role of mobile learning in teachers’ professional learning. It argues that effective professional learning requires reflection and collaboration and that mobile learning is ideally suited to allow reflection-inaction and to capture the spontaneity of learning moments. The paper also argues for the value of collaborations between teachers and students in professional learning. It suggests that authentic artefacts and anecdotes, captured through mobile technologies, can enable the sharing, analysis and synthesis of classroom experiences by teachers and students. Such analysis and synthesis helps to encourage collaborative reflective practice and is likely to improve teacher and student learning as a result. Ethical issues that might arise through using mobile technologies in this way are also discussed. Teacher voice is presented to indicate the range of views about mobile learning and to indicate current practices. Practical, school systemic, attitudinal and ethical factors may inhibit mobile technology adoption; these factors need to be researched and addressed to realise the potential of teacher mobile professional learning.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-11
Journal Alt-j : research in learning technology
Print ISSN 0968-7769
Electronic ISSN 1741-1629
Publisher Cogent OA
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 233-247
Keywords Mobile learning; Professional learning; Teaching; Education
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Copyright Statement © 2009 Association for Learning Technology
Additional Information This is a copy of an article published in Alt-j : research in learning technology, 2009, v.17 issue 3.


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