Mobile Learning Readiness among Working Adult Learning in Malaysia Introduction
Mobile learning or M-Learning are now become a new method of studies environment technology, this kind of studies are suitable for the working adult to continue their study, due to their limited study time because they more of their time are to spend for their working activity. Mobile learning environment will require student to use the hand phone as their study tools. Hand phone like SMART Phone, IPod, PDA and Tablet as part of hardware device and then using the software like SMS, MMS, Video Conference, WAP and internet. There are lots of journals has discuss about mobile learning can be found either a hardcopy version or the soft copy version. With the mobile learning the environment of study can be more attractive and at student flexible time, student can access the campus e-library at their convenience time and same practice in sending their due assignment and project paper by email or upload to the campus portal. Facilities such as accessing to university virtual library get information about the class or examination schedule online, communications between student and college can be easier, the lecturer and the administrations can update and send announcement to student via e-mail or SMS (short message service) or MMS ( multimedia message services). Some major international university in America and Europe already currently practice the Mobil learning method to their student. Also many higher education’s center and nonprofit online educations association are now introduced the mobile learning environment as one of study method especially for the distance learning course. For example Nottingham University UK, www.m-learning.org, www.educause.edu are already applied this method of study at the college. In Malaysia the mobile learning environment, there are researches about Mobile learning has been performed and completed by University Science Malaysia, Open University Malaysia and University Technology Malaysia. Result from this research shows that the ratio of practicing Mobile Learning in Malaysia are very positive. Malaysia has the second largest phone penetration in South East Asian behind Singapore and ninety percent from 27 million Malaysian populations subscribe to mobile phone services, at present every working individual in Malaysia can effort to have at least one mobile telephone. With the government encouragement toward to the more enhance of telecommunications technology in our country, the chances to public to have an advance telecommunications services with cheaper and reasonable rates and price are higher.
1. Satisfaction of Distance Learners towards Mobile Learning in the Universiti Sains Malaysia (Issham Ismail, Thenmolli Gunasegaran, P. P. Koh & Rozhan M.Idrus) in Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology, 10(2), PP 47 – 54 This study was performed by Issham Ismail, Thenmolli Gunasegaran, P.P. Koh and Rozhan M.Idrus from School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia. It was conducted from year 2008 to year 2009 at the distance education academic program at the School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The learners are undergraduate students from Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Management. There was very positive feedback from respondent and higher satisfaction relates to study material, important notes and with the reminder that can reach them daily. Respondents agreed that Mobile learning has helped them pace their studies in distance learning courses. However this study also reviewed that the respondents are not satisfied with the cost of communication. 2. Unified M-Learning Model Through Interactive Education Satellite: A Proposal for an Arab Homeland Education Satellite. ( Ghassan F. Issa, Shakir M. Hussain and Hussein Al-Bahadili Petra University, Amman, Jordan April 2011)...
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