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Mobile Access in the Library : Some New Developments in Ireland

O'hAodha, Micheal, Hall, Timothy, O'Brien, Emma, Hayes, Paul and Joyce, David (2005) Mobile Access in the Library : Some New Developments in Ireland. In: Proceedings ELPUB2005 Conference on Electronic Publishing, June 2005, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

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New insights provided by a range of specialists in the areas of social science, cognitive research and computer science research have led to increased developments and advances in the architectures for interactive and mobile learning environments. The most exciting results indicate that mobile technologies can be used to revolutionize learning and provided discontinuous rather than incremental learning opportunities in libraries and campuses worldwide.

Mobile learning corroborates the view of educational philosophers such as Dewey and McLuhan that there is an intrinsic connection between communication, information provision and the learner community. Nevertheless, despite the rapid and continuing adoption of mobile devices, there has, to date, been little activity in integrating these technologies into the realm of mobile learning and the learning and library/information environments.

A paradigm shift is occurring in the access people have to educational materials due to the ubiquitous availability of these materials brought about by the mobility and pervasiveness factors, which are inherent to mobile technologies. The potential for mobile technologies in education is enormous and the challenge for the e-learning community is to harness these devices for the benefit of education. One such benefit is the ever-increasing availability of educational content such as e-books on mobile devices. The availability of e-books will greatly support mobile access in the library.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2014 15:37
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 09:36

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