The Landscape of Mobile Learning in Brazil: From Distance Learning to On- and Offline Mobile Learning
Aarreniemi-Jokipelto, Päivi (2020)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
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Funding from the government has a significant effect on the use of distance learning in Brazil. When funding is cut, distance learning is used less, and vice versa. Most Brazilians own a mobile phone and students are willing to study by mobile learning. However, teachers generally either do not allow the use of mobile devices or do not instruct students about how to take advantage of them. Typically, phones are used for searching further information or for reading articles but not for active participation such as collaboration or creation. Despite the infrastructure challenges that exist, offline mobile learning also has potential in Brazil. Teachers need to be trained in the design of learning situations where mobile devices can be used for students to have an active role in their education.