A special issue of International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
Mobile learning (m-learning) is the acquisition of knowledge and skills by using mobile technologies anywhere and anytime. M-learning covers a wide range of possible domains by the convergence of emerging mobile technologies such as wireless communication infrastructure and mobile devices, and mobile applications such as online learning tools and mobile connectivity.
The Internet and emerging information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure has improved the quality and reduced the costs of the online learning experience in industries and institutions. The adoption of m-learning will enhance the flexibility and effectiveness of learning due to its mobile component made possible by the inheritance of a variety of mobile devices, including cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
However, the adoption of m-learning in industries and institutions is still slow and has not been widely implemented. The development of effective mobile learning environments is important to accelerate the adoption of m-learning in industries and education. Therefore, this special issue will be timely for both industries and institutions who are interested in the development of effective mobile learning environments. It provides a global forum for presenting authoritative references, academically rigorous research and case studies in both theoretical development and applied research. Its purpose is to discuss the effective and timely development of state-of-the-art mobile learning environments in order to accelerate the adoption of m-learning in industries and educational institutions.
Specifically, it intends to disseminate research and studies in the emerging m-learning environments including emerging mobile learning technologies in mobile environments, practical experiences on the design of m-learning environments, applications of the mobile technologies to m-learning system development in industry and institutions, economic and social contexts of m-learning development, and the effective interaction between users and m-learning environments.
The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to:
- Effective design of m-learning environments
- Emerging mobile technologies such as wireless network and mobile devices that directly facilitate learning
- Application of m-learning systems in industries (such as personalised dietary information, quitting smoking programs through mobile devices in healthcare industry)
- Application of m-learning systems in learning institutions (e.g. online Master's programs)
- Development of m-learning tools for in-classroom teaching and learning
- Supply chain and value chain on m-learning
- Currently implemented m-learning applications
- Studies of mobile learning in practice
- Reviews of the application of m-learning in multiple contexts
- Uses of m-learning in mobile commerce learning environments
- Human computer interaction issues in m-learning
- Mobile games for learning
- M-learning in classroom
- Support for interaction among mobile learners
- Mobile collaborative learning
- Privacy and security issues and requirements in m-learning
- Comparison of m-learning with e-learning applications
- Assessment of m-learning in multiple contexts
- Critical success factors for mobile learning diffusion
- Cross-cultural mobile learning issues
- Knowledge management and learning strategies in mobile organisations
- M-learning data warehouse and data mining
- M-learning enterprise systems
- Field-based m-learning
- M-learning software development
Proposal deadline (optional): 1 November, 2007
Early submission deadline [*]: 15 February, 2008
Full paper deadline: 15 May, 2008
Notification of status & acceptance of paper: 15 August, 2008
Final version of paper: 15 October, 2008
[*] Completed manuscripts that meet the early submission deadline will be provided an opportunity for revision. If the revision is completed by the full paper deadline (May 15, 2008), these manuscripts will be entered into a second round of peer review.