It has been seven years since Apple released the iPhone, and we seem to be observing something like a “seven-year itch” in our love for mobile learning. As smartphones become consumer products, mobile learning’s hype is wearing off — mostly in a good way — and we can now discuss the business of learning, instead of the coolness of devices and applications.
This week, Educause Review published my article in which I discussed a concept called fluid learning that evolved from earlier discussions about mobile learning. “Fluid learning” refers to the flow of learning between mobile and non-mobile devices, such as a desktop computers. Fluid learning is enabled by a consideration of five attributes when designing content or instructional activities: neutrality, granularity, portability, interactivity, and ubiquity. The article also mentioned a number of practices at ACU.