Minjuan Wang is an associate professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University (SDSU), in California, USA. Her main research interests are the design and implementation of mobile learning, methods in teaching large online or hybrid classes, and the design of instruction and systems for the global audience.
Message design for mobile learning: Learning theories, human cognition and design principles
Article first published online: 30 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Authors. British Journal of Educational Technology © 2011 BERA
British Journal of Educational Technology
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 561–575, July 2012
How to Cite
Wang, M. and Shen, R. (2012), Message design for mobile learning: Learning theories, human cognition and design principles. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43: 561–575. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2011.01214.x
Ruimin Shen is distinguished professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), director of the E-Learning Lab, and Dean of SJTU's College of Continuing Education. His research and development specialty focuses on cutting-edge technologies for “available anywhere and updatable anytime” distance education, including mobile learning, standard natural classrooms, and knowledge discovery and data mining. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Issue published online: 27 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 30 AUG 2011
The demands of an increasingly knowledge-based society and the dramatic advances in mobile phone technology are combining to spur the growth of mobile learning (mLearning). However, for mLearning to attain its full potential, it is essential to develop pedagogy and instructional design tailored to the needs of this new learning environment. At present, there is a lack of research on message design for mLearning. Towards these ends, this paper explores the principles and processes of message design for mLearning, including the influence of learning and cognitive theories, human–computer interaction principles, devices and methodologies. And it presents a number of practical guidelines for designing instructional messages for mLearning.