“Twenty-Five Years of Mobile Learning: The Good the Bad and the Ugly “
By Dr. Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez, Associate Professor in Learning Technologies,
Director of Industry Engagement,
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland


Since its first appearance in the educational scene, mobile learning has disrupted education and turned the adoption of technology in educational settings in its head. The educational establishments’ ‘love hate’ relationship with mobile learning has been through phases of scepticism, adjustment, commitment, and acceptance. In recent years arguments against the ‘excessive’ use of mobile technologies by children and youth are starting to erode the relationship. In fact, governments are beginning to regulate against the use of mobile phones in classrooms. Thus, we are moving backwards rather than moving forward. In this presentation, I will examine the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of mobile learning from a learning and teaching perspective and attempt to outline pitfalls and how to overcome these going forward.



Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in Trinity College Dublin. She is a member of Committee of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn) and has been involved with the IADIS Mobile Learning conference series since its inauguration. Inmaculada is an experienced principal investigator and has secured over million 2 Euro in research funding. She is a UNICEF adviser and has consulted for GE and ECDL among others. She is a recipient of the Provost Teaching Award for her outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. She has coordinated postgraduate and undergraduate academic programs and supervises PhD and master students and currently serves as an elected member of the Trinity College Board. For further information on Inmaculada please see her profile http://people.tcd.ie/arnedii