Enhancing E-Learning Using Smart Mobile English Learning Tool (SMELT)
With the recent advancement in the technological world and the adult learners’ growing desire to have flexibility with their learning tool, such that it allows them to learn even while on the move and while they play games, hence the need for mobile devices that enhances teaching and learning in a virtual classroom environment. Mobile devices can be used in both online setting and in the brick-and-mortar (traditional setting). Different people are able to learn in different ways. People tend to learn better, when they are made to discover learning themselves. In line with this, a design of a mobile app known as Smart Mobile English Learning Tool (SMELT) for adult learners is presented here. This application is intended to help second language speakers to improve their English communication ability. It will also be useful for adults looking for job placements or moving up the corporate ladder in their workplaces. In order to develop SMELT, we have conducted a preliminary study and illustrated the results in this paper. The preliminary study enable us to determine the need of such a learning tool that will aid learners improve their English, even while on the move. Based on these results, a conceptual model on the proposed SMELT application to enhance E-Education is described here. The proposed application hopefully can improve the efficiency, robustness, and reliability of E-Education for the adult learners to improve their English communication ability.
KeywordsMobile device Location-based services Mobile learning (M-learning) E-learning
The authors are grateful to School of Computer Sciences of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for their support in the form of incentive grant and dedication in producing research papers.
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