An Introduction to Current Trends and Benefits of
Mobile Wireless Technology Use in Higher Education
SANG HYUN KIM, CLIF MIMS, AND KERRY P. HOLMES
The University of Mississippi
Oxford, MS USA
The development of mobile wireless technologies has
generated a considerable amount of excitement among
practitioners and academics because it results in shifting the
academic environment from traditional settings to mobile
learning (m-learning) settings. Increasing numbers of
institutions of higher education offer courses using mobile
wireless technologies as alternative teaching and learning
tools. However, regardless of such interests in mobile
wireless technologies in higher education, there is lack of
academic research on the use of mobile wireless technologies
in the higher education setting. The purpose of this article is
to examine current information on mobile wireless technolo-
gies and answer three crucial questions such as (a) What
types of mobile wireless technologies are currently being
used in higher education? (b) How do mobile wireless
technologies access to network resources? (c) What are the
benefits of mobile wireless technologies in higher education?
Without understanding of these issues, it is virtually
impossible to study any subject of mobile wireless technolo-
gies in higher education.
Kim, S.H., Mims, C., & Holmes, K.P. (2006). An introduction to current
trends and benefits of mobile wireless technology use in higher education.
AACE Journal, 14(1), 77-100.
Association for the Advancement of Computing In Education Journal, 14(1)
For the last several decades, wired technologies have been used by educa-
tors, school administrators, students, and others in higher education to help
them teaching and learning. In this century, however, institutions of higher
learning are moving towards the use of mobile wireless technologies.
Similar to other wired technologies, mobile wireless technologies have first
been used in industry sectors such as busine