publication . Article . 2007

Instant Messaging for Creating Interactive and Collaborative m-Learning Environments

James Kadirire;
Open Access English
  • Published: 15 Jun 2007 Journal: International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (issn: 1492-3831, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Athabasca University Press
<jats:p>'Instant Messaging' (IM) and 'Presence,' which is essentially the ability of being able to detect if other users are logged in on the network and send them messages in real time, has become one of the most popular applications of the Internet, causing people to want to stay connected to the Internet for inordinate amounts of time, a phenomena that also fosters a sense of "online community," that perhaps no other application has done previously (Alvestrand, 2002). This research looks at the use of mobile devices to send instant messages that can carry much more information than the short message service (SMS) messages, but would be free to use, notwithsta...
free text keywords: Instant messaging, mobile device, wireless, presence, chat, authentication, database, microportal, Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, Computer-mediated communication, Computer science, World Wide Web, M-learning, Short Message Service, Distance education, Educational technology, The Internet, business.industry, business, Synchronous learning, Online community
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