The role of reading and the potential of portable eBook readers in mobile learning

Timo Kuula, R. Harper

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    Abstract

    The variety of highly portable reading devices is now remarkable - Amazon Kindles, iRex iLiads and Sony Readers are but the most well known. At the same time there are continuous and extensive discussions about levels of reading proficiency and how it might be impacted by such new technologies, especially amongst the young. Though it would seem obvious that there might be a link between the two, such discussions typically suffer from being too general, ignoring differences in type of reading, in the contexts of reading and hence also in relevant or appropriate measures of reading proficiency. Reading an SMS is clearly different from reading a novel as it is different from reading a textbook. In this paper, we want to report an examination of eBook readers from the perspective of 'mobile learning'. It seems that eBook readers and their role in mobile learning have not been examined very greatly from this perspective.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2009
    Pages139-139
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2009 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 26 Oct 200930 Oct 2009

    Conference

    Conference8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2009
    Abbreviated titlemLearn 2009
    CountryUnited States
    CityOrlando
    Period26/10/0930/10/09

    Keywords

    • ebooks
    • reading
    • reading proficiency
    • contextual learning
    • mobile learning
    • education

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    Kuula, T., & Harper, R. (2009). The role of reading and the potential of portable eBook readers in mobile learning. In 8th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2009 (pp. 139-139)