The Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET)
What is MoLeNET?
The MoLeNET initiative funded and supported 104 projects involving
approximately 40,000 learners and over 7,000 staff, in the 3 years
2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10
MoLeNET was a unique collaborative approach to introducing and
supporting mobile learning in education and training via supported
shared cost mobile learning projects. The LSN MoLeNET Support and
Evaluation programme provided technical and pedagogic advice and
support, materials development, continuing professional development,
mentoring, facilitation of peer-to-peer support, networking and resource
sharing, research and evaluation.
LSN are continuing to provide services which support institutions,
organisations and practitioners to introduce and embed mobile learning
into their teaching and learning delivery
What is Mobile Learning?
The MoLeNET programme uses a broad definition of mobile learning i.e: “The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together
with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support,
enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.” Mobile
learning can take place in any location, at any time, including
traditional learning environments such as classrooms as well as in
workplaces, at home, community locations and in transit. Mobile
technologies used can include mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, MP3/ MP4
players (e.g. iPODs), handheld gaming devices (e.g. Sony PSP, Nintendo
DS), Ultramobile PCs (UMPCs), mini notebooks or netbooks, handheld GPS
or voting devices and specialist portable technologies used in science
labs, engineering workshops or for environmental or agricultural
study. Mobile learning involves connectivity for downloading,
uploading and/or on-line working via wireless networks, mobile phone
networks or both, and linking to institutional systems e.g. virtual
learning environments (VLEs) and management information systems (MIS).