TABLET PCS, MOBILE LEARNING, AND HIGHER EDUCATION: IN SEARCH OF A PARADIGM?

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Abstract

The emergence of tablet PCs marks a paradigm shift in the computing industry. Is there a corresponding paradigm shift in education? Tablet PCs are not always considered in the context of mobile learning, usually on grounds of size. They have obvious potential for business users, but their deployment in teaching and learning is still in the early stages of development, and there is a risk that in failing to consider these devices as part of the panoply of mobile technologies, we may miss out on opportunities to harness the potential of the tablet PC to promote collaborative, informal learning, as well as interactive teaching. This paper cites the tool in its rightful context as a mobile and portable device, arguing that the tablet PC should be properly considered as part of the emerging mLearning paradigm, and reporting on a large-scale wireless campus initiative at the University of Ulster based on this perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherInternational Association for Development of the Information Society
Pages179-183
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)972-8939-02-7
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventIADIS International Conference Mobile Learning -
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …

Conference

ConferenceIADIS International Conference Mobile Learning
Period1/01/05 → …

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    Paris, M. (2005). TABLET PCS, MOBILE LEARNING, AND HIGHER EDUCATION: IN SEARCH OF A PARADIGM? In Unknown Host Publication (pp. 179-183). International Association for Development of the Information Society.