Here’s an excerpt from the article The Future of Mobile Learning and Implications for Education and Training by David Parsons. Interesting predictions. My comments are in red.
Mobile learning as we approach the middle of the 21st century is just part of life. The old model of educational institutions has withered away, with learning now a lifelong, pervasive experience (This is something predicted before by a lot of experts, but not sure the formal institutions will really wither away), delivered via the practically invisible devices that I have with me day and night, the personal network that delivers information to my eyes, ears and other senses, the e-glasses, the flexible smart-touch screen that folds into a small case but expands to poster size and will stick to or project onto any surface. (This is cool! ) (These devices seamlessly connect and collaborate with ambient technologies in the environment. For example, in my informal learning activities related to photography, my camera will scan for nearby 3D printers to create models from my 3D photos. For my interest in literature, scenes from books play out in front of me if I happen to enter a location used by one of my favoured authors. (But won’t this be intruding? This again will blur the boundary of reality and virtuality and kind of separate people apart.) For somewhat more formal learning, I attend immersive virtual reality classes whenever I want, mixing my avatar with those of other virtual students and both real and robot instructors. (Great! Oculus Rift can do this!) I learn when I need to, where I want to. When I am at work, I have professional learning support with me at all times, guiding me in new situations, online Artificial Intelligence systems reacting to my ever-changing contexts and giving me expert task and problem-solving support.(Reminds of the tutorial in Animus in the game Assassin’s Creed. The tutorial will be triggered just as you perform certain tasks. But this might be too far away?) I have all the knowledge ever gathered available in an instant, tailored to my own learning profiles and preferences, quality controlled by the world’s best minds. Not that I am just bombarded with data. (Yes, this is very important. But who decides who’s the best minds? Now everyone can be the content creator online and lots of people claim to be experts in a certain field. It seems the traditional media, which used to do the quality control job, is less and less important. Will this be changed in the future or will this get worse? Probably the latter, because it’s all business driven.) The mobile learning systems that I use are able to help me filter the huge amount of data in the computer cloud, assisting me in making meaning out of a mass of information, working with my own goals, learning styles and changing moods and activities to ensure that the material I am exposed to will help me learn rather than overwhelm me. As a mid- 21st-century learner, I am never lost, never alone, never unsupported, never not learning. (Getting supported – this is the key element. In the traditional face-to-face teaching and learning method, it’s all teacher’s job to give support, which is hard to achieve. But with technology and data, probably it’s easier to generate learning contents corresponding to the learner’s level and moderate the learner’s progress so that it’s really self-paced learning. At current level, we still haven’t reached that high. All the MOOC platforms can simply record your progress, but can’t recommend you anything according to your level.)