M-learning factoids & figures
Posted October 28, 2012on:
In the lead up to MobiLearnAsia, I was asked to appear in a television interview for my views on mobile learning.
I had to brush up on the latest factoids and figures. Thank serendipity for my Twitter feed! The resources in these two tweets were invaluable:
I found out that in the USA:
- About 12% of all Web page views are from mobile devices
- 40% of homes had three or more Internet-connected devices
- One in 10 US dollars is spent on mobile phones or slates
Closer to home, I learnt from a UNESCO report that:
- Mobile phone subscriptions outnumber people in places like Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, the Maldives, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam
- Consumers in our region tend to buy mobile devices before or in lieu of personal computers
- Quite alarmingly “Presently, very few policies, whether regional, national or local, speak directly to mobile learning. In the few instances where mobile learning is mentioned, it is usually buried inside more general ICT or digital learning policy documents.”
- The usual suspects of distance education and more accessible learning are cited as reasons to go mobile
- The relatively new reasons are literacy education and self-directed, beyond-school learning
I am still reading the report and it has been very informative so far.