Mobile Learning – plugged in across AU

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phone With the exponentially growing popularity of e-learning throughout Canadian post-secondary institutions—from the emergence of multiple technology tools and mobile learning modalities related to education—it’s become clear e-learning isn’t going anywhere.

e-learning fits into Athabasca University’s philosophy around the flexibility in education and learning anywhere, anytime. Recently, Professor Mohamed Ally from AU’s Centre for Distance Education spoke with the Globe and Mail about the upsurge in mobile learning trends, further evidence that e-learning has secured itself as an indispensable modality in today’s learning fields.

Learning untethered: How mobile is enhancing how students learn” also featured former AU Master of Education in Distance Education student Hanny Alsahzly. Alshazly is the director for the Middle East and Africa arm of D2L (Desire2Learn) and AU’s newly awarded “Distinguished Alumnus.” He talked to the Globe about working with Dr. Ally (his mentor), mobile technology and his experience studying at AU.

About Dr. Mohamed Ally

Dr. Mohamed Ally

Dr. Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University

Dr. Mohamed Ally is Professor in Distance Education and a Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. Dr. Ally’s research areas include mobile learning, e-Learning, distance education, workplace learning, the use of emerging technologies in education and training, and use of ICT for Education for All. How do we bridge the educational divide that exists in contemporary society? Watch Dr. Mohamed Ally’s presentation on Information Communication Technology.

He has published four edited books on emerging technology in education and training. His book on mobile learning “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” ( AU Press, 2009), won the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for significant contribution to distance education.

Two of his research papers won the best research paper award at national and international conferences. Dr. Ally has also published in peer-reviewed journals, written chapters in books and encyclopedias, and has served on many journal boards and conference committees. He has presented keynote speeches, workshops, papers, and seminars throughout the globe.


TEKRI is the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. TEKRI researchers are comprised of Athabasca faculty with established international reputations in the development and application of technology. It also provides a forum for strategic research collaborations.

To learn more about the invaluable work AU is doing with respect to e-learning and mobile technologies check out the following AU Newsroom articles:

A distinguished alumnus proves e-learning goes the distance 

Athabasca University partners with Qatar University

International Award for mobile learning project 

Mobile learning research gets major boost from CFL

UDL Conference will have something for all learners