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'Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training' - Book Review
Whether you like it or not, soon learning is going to be a part of handheld devices like mobiles and tablets in India. Mobile learning or m-learning is being promoted and advocated by many educators as a subset of e-learning, educational technology and distance education with mobile devices.

The book "Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training' has been produced as a collection of papers and articles for those teachers and educators who are interested in the appropriate use of mobile technology for various classroom and distance learning applications.

The editor of the book, Mohamed Ally, and publishers promise the readers that the volume will help them with skills and practical knowledge to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research.

Published by Athabasca University, the book has 13 chapters and holds that m-learning also brings strong portability by replacing books and notes with small RAMs, filled with customized learning contents.

In addition, it is simple to utilize mobile learning for a more effective and joyful experience. Many education and training providers recognize the benefits of mobile learning, but there appears to be limited adoption for educational use since non-availability of capacity building book and non-book resources. This book tries to fulfill this need and can be used for teacher training in the present digital era.

The book spread over 297 pages cautions the teachers, content developers and users that mobile learning should be used to diversify the types of learning activities students partake in rather than a replacement. In other words, the best use of mobile learning is to blend it into a face-to-face learning approach. Thus, an effective mobile learning is the one that supports the learning process. We need to understand that mobile learning should be used as a continuous and situated learning support. It requires, reworking on existing e-learning materials for handheld devices.

The book can be helpful to both classroom instructors and distance learning followers since this area of knowledge has grown into scaled up projects in education around the world. With free distribution of tablets soon becoming a reality in India, both teachers and educators need to read this book for proper and effective use of m-learning with due precautions.

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