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The History of Mobile Learning, Through the Lens of Big Data

807 The History of Mobile Learning, Through the Lens of Big Data

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Thursday, June 26


Marina 5

Learning from the lessons of the past is critical in order to make the future better. This truth of life also applies to the world of mobile learning. There have been a large number of organizations that have gone down the mLearning path and an enormous amount of resources generated from lessons learned. There’s great potential to learn from the lessons shared in this mountain of data, if we have the tools and capabilities with which to analyze it.

In this session we will explore lessons from the history of mobile learning. In this session you will not talk conceptually about big data; you will see it in action and see it applied as we produce new and interesting knowledge about mLearning. The history of mLearning will be painted through research with a new big data analytic tool called Google Ngram Viewer. You will learn how this tool interrogates a database of the billions of words in over five million books to plot relative frequencies of specific terms and concepts over time.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Surprising new facts about the beginnings of mobile learning
  • How the concept of mobile learning has changed over the past 40 to 50 years
  • How to use Google Ngram Viewer to research a database of over five million books
  • How big data is changing learning and how it can be used for just-in-time information at the point of need

Novice to advanced designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Google Ngram Viewer

Gary Woodill

CEO and Senior Analyst

i5 Research

Gary Woodill is CEO of i5 Research, and a senior analyst for Float Mobile Learning. Gary holds an EdD degree and has developed learning software, educational CD-ROMs, online courses, educational videos, and many publications on learning with technology. He has worked with mobile devices for learning since 1998. He is the co-author of Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds and author of The Mobile Learning Edge. Gary has written over 30 research reports on learning technologies.

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