Office of Naval Research
Grant #N000141010143
Grant #N000141310438

Publications: mLearning, embodiment, education, healthcare

ANGLE members Denham, Quick, and Atkinson have recently published a book chapter and article on the topic of mobile learning. The book chapter discusses the current state of mobile technology usage in the fields of education and healthcare, while offering design guidelines and future directions for mobile applications in those industries. The article offers a new, embodied perspective on mLearning that distinguishes it from eLearning and encourages designers and researchers to consider the potential that mobile learning holds beyond existing educational strategies. Information on these works is provided below.


Title: mLearning: An embodied perspective

Abstract:  Rapid advances in mobile hardware and software have fueled the emergence of mobile learning (mLearning) as an area of interest within educational research. In spite of abundant excitement and discussion surrounding mLearning, certain challenges remain unresolved. To date, it seems the field is most enamored with categorizing hardware capabilities and replicating conventional learning content on portable devices. However, it would be beneficial to consider how mLearning can augment learners’ education in unique ways. Prior definitions of mLearning fall short in articulating why mobility is beneficial for learning and how mobile learning is not simply a reformulation of existing eLearning methods. A new perspective is offered to establish mLearning as a unique form of learning. Evidence from the field of embodied cognition that points to the potential affordances of mLearning is provided and future directions are discussed.

Citation: Denham, A., Quick, J. M., & Atkinson, R. K. (2012). mLearning: An embodied perspective. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology, and Learning, 2(3), 1-14.


Title: Mobile technologies in education and healthcare

Excerpt:  It is our intent to provide a comprehensive overview of recent applications of mobile device usage within educational, training, and medical settings. We also intend to forecast the future of mobile device usage in the aforementioned settings and supply some direction on how to get there. Lastly, we intend to provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of mobile devices. Specifically, our analysis will focus on eReaders, tablets, and smartphones. This overview will also include information on design guidelines for mobile applications. This chapter will serve to provide those in education and healthcare with a snapshot of the current trends, devices and practices native to mobile technology. This would assist in the integration of these devices within their respective disciplines.

Citation: Atkinson, R.A., Denham, A., & Quick, J. M. (2011). Mobile technologies in education and healthcare. In L. L’Abate & D. Kaiser (Eds.), Handbook of Technology in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neurology: Theory, Research, and Practice. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.