Athabasca University's Innovation in Mobile and Flexible Learning: From M-Library to Mobile ESL presented at the 2008 International Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education in Las Vegas, NV, November 17-21, 2008
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With the rapid evolution of technology today, distance education is about to shift to Mobile learning where e-learning materials are being delivered through mobile devices. Wireles and mobile technology provides flexibility: in time and location of study; in availability of information and resources; and in forms of communication. Our University has initiated a Mobile Library (M-library) project. Due to the success of the M-library, our library has continued to innovate and support our students on mobile devices. The mobile ESL (English as a Second Language) website allows students to read lessons and then do exercises that provide instant feedback. This project is expanding further with a new Workplace English website that will bring richer multimedia (video/audio) content to mobile devices such as the iPhone. Making resources and lessons available to increasingly popular mobile devices ensures that we will be able to meet the growing demand for flexibility from our students.