MOBILE LEARNING RESEARCH IN MALAYSIA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

M. Mohamad, L.F. Phung

Universiti Sains Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
Over a decade, there are growing numbers of studies in mobile learning by the Malaysian academics. The study explores the research trend of mobile learning in Malaysia. It concentrates to explore the initiatives related to mobile learning among the Malaysian academics. The research design of this study is qualitative and based on secondary sources and data are processed using Nvivo. The study compares and contrasts various studies in the mobile learning area in Malaysia. The study does not only highlight the gap in the mobile learning research, but also adds value in understanding the situation regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the related studies. Obviously, diversity is critically needed in this area so that it is not skewed to similar contexts only. For example, other than secondary school and higher education, mobile learning is also encouraged to be explored in the areas of primary school, pre-school, lifelong learning and special need education. It can be concluded that mobile learning research in Malaysia is still in the embryonic stage because there is still ample room for diversity in the research trends. However, it can be seen that there is a promising future where from day to day the research articles published are growing in this area in Malaysia. From the studies reviewed, mobile learning is perceived positively and this is indeed an indication of promising one in Malaysia.