Handheld Devices: Toward a More Mobile Campus

Mary A.C. Fallon, Syllabus, Nov 11, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article advises of a deluge of interest in e-learning delivered over handhelds, citing interest, for example, in medical applications. It also warns of a dearth of handhelp e-learning applications. I wouldn't worry too much. First, well designed web applications display nicely on handhelds - OLDaily shows up fairly well, for example (in my own tests, at least). But more to the point, handhelds are and will be a niche market. Much of their allure is based on wireless access, and the rest of their allure is based on their portability. The new tablet computers should match them on both counts. Yes, sometimesyou need ultra portable web access, and then handhelds are the tool of choice. But like I said, a niche.
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