Tom H Brown

Tom H Brown
University of South Africa | unisa · Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IODL)

PhD, MEd, BEd, BSc, HED
Retired Research Professor

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Introduction
Tom Brown obtained his Ph.D. in the field of distance learning in 1993 at the University of Pretoria with the topic: “The operationalisation of metalearning in distance education”. Tom is one of the founding directors of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn). He is a visiting expert and guest lecturer in international postgraduate courses in distance education, invited chair of research workshops and keynote speaker at international conferences.
Additional affiliations
June 2014 - present
Unisa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Research & development in the fields of: * Open & Distance Learning * mLearning and eLearning * Technology-enhanced Learning * Instructional Design * Learning Paradigms
August 2013 - March 2014
CTI Education Group
Position
  • CEO
July 2006 - present
Midrand Graduate Institute
Position
  • Principal & Managing Director
Education
January 1992 - November 1993
University of Pretoria
Field of study
  • Distance Education
February 1990 - November 1991
University of Pretoria
Field of study
  • Education
February 1989 - November 1989
University of Pretoria
Field of study
  • Education

Publications

Publications (45)
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International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) 9(2). Special Issue of Revised and Extended Papers from mLearn 2015, the 14th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning: Guest Editors Tom H Brown and Herman J van der Merwe. Conference theme: The mobile learning voyage - From small ripples to massive open waters. Venice, Italy.
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Barber, Donnelly & Rizvi (2013): "An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead" addresses some significant issues in higher education and poses some challenging questions to open and distance learning (ODL) administrators, policy makers, and of course to ODL faculty in general. Barber et al.'s paper does not specifically addres...
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The commercialization of higher education coupled with UNESCO’s guidelines for “cross-border higher education” compelled higher education institutions to look at alternative and inclusive ways to accommodate the ever-growing student population. One of the methods is the change to online teaching for distance education students. However, to successf...
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The mLearn 2015 international mobile learning conference took place from 17 to 24 October 2015, on a cruise ship departing from Venice, Italy. The conference was hosted on a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship called: “Splendour of the Seas”. The cruise departed from Venice for a round trip in the Adriatic and Mediterranean waters. This was t...
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Mobile learning (mLearning) in the open and distance learning landscape, holds promise and provides exciting new opportunities. In order to understand and embrace these opportunities within various contexts and circumstances it is imperative to understand the essence of the phenomenon. In this regard, we first need to understand the core fundamenta...
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The adoption of mobile technologies - especially smartphones and tablets - into teaching and learning environments was very slow at the turn of the millennium. However, the rapid developments with regards to mobile and wireless technologies sparked, on a global scale, a growing interest in mLearning (mobile learning). By 2005, there were already a...
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Mobile learning (mLearning) in education and training holds much promise and provides exciting opportunities. To be able to understand and embrace the opportunities within each particular context and circumstances, we first need to understand what mLearning is all about. This paper defines mLearning by describing what it is not, and through a crit...
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Mobile learning (mLearning) in education and training holds much promise and provides exciting opportunities. To be able to understand and embrace the opportunities within each particular context and circumstances (e.g. within TVET), we first need to understand what mLearning is all about. This paper defines mLearning by describing what it is not,...
Presentation
Towards the future of mobile learning: myths and opportunities. Invited panel presentation at the NADEOSA Conference 2014, 24-25 June 2014, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
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During recent years, many distance teaching as well as residential institutions have started to experiment with mobile learning through pilot projects as part of their e-learning and technology enhanced learning environments. The practical experience gained with the employment of strategies and approaches within distance education can assist with t...
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During recent years, many distance teaching as well as residential institutions have started to experiment with mobile learning through pilot projects as part of their e-learning and technology enhanced learning environments. Because of the similar affordances of distance learning technologies and online and mobile learning, the established field o...
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MGI Fast-Forward. Invited guest lecture at the Research Week of MGI at Midrand Graduate Institute, 14 October 2008, Midrand, South Africa.
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Brainstorming strategic issues for the development of mobile learning projects in Southern Africa. Invited presentation at the Nokia Strategic Workshop and Brainstorming Session: 8 September 2008, Nokia Head Office, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Mobile learning (m-learning) has started to play a vital role in Africa. It should be noted that m-learning has brought e-learning to the rural communities of Africa – to learners who we never imagined as e-learning learners only a few years ago. M-learning is the gateway to e-learning for most learners in Africa as the rapidly growing wireless inf...
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This paper reports on a survey investigating the role that differences in expectations and perceptions of mobile learning and mobile devices play in establishing mobile learning at an educational institution, Responses from institutions with no institutional plans for mobile learning and others that do plan or currently have developed mobile learni...
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This special issue focuses on mobile learning, which is about not only providing access to information through handheld devices, but also the ability to create and share knowledge, through services such as Google Maps, which is now available on mobile phones. In the near future, issues such as preserving copyright and maintaining quality will have...
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This paper reports on a survey investigating the role that differences in expectations and perceptions of mobile learning and mobile devices play in establishing mobile learning at an educational institution. Responses from institutions with no institutional plans for mobile learning and others that do plan or currently have developed mobile learni...
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This is the proceedings of mLearn 2005, the 4th international mobile learning conference that took place from 25 to 28 October 2005, in Cape Town, South Africa. This fourth annual conference on mLearning (mobile learning) was s key research and networking event for researchers, strategists, educators, technologists and practitioners from all over t...
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During recent years, many distance teaching as well as residential institutions have started to experiment with mobile learning through pilot projects as part of their e-learning and technology enhanced learning environments. Because of the similar affordances of distance learning technologies and online and mobile learning, the established field o...
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During recent years, many distance teaching as well as residential institutions have started to experiment with mobile learning through pilot projects as part of their e-learning and technology enhanced learning environments. Mobile learning should not be regarded as a medium for distance learning. However, because of the similar affordances of dis...
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mLearning across generations: Are we ready for the challenge. Keynote address at mLearn 2006, the 5th international world conference on mobile learning, 22-25 October 2006, Banff, Canada.
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One’s first impressions and perceptions when thinking about the ideal target market for m-learning (mobile learning) would probably look something like this: a First World learner population that are already highly ICT literate, use the latest handheld device and are either in full-time employment or merely prefer studying at their own pace, place...
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Purpose – This paper seeks to discuss past and present paradigm shifts in education and then to explore possible future learning paradigms in the light of the knowledge explosion in the knowledge era that is currently being entered. Design/methodology/approach – New learning paradigms and paradigm shifts are explored. Findings – Learning processe...
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One-to-one technology enhanced learning (1:1 TEL) refers to the scenario that every one learner learns with at least one computing device with wireless capability. In that scenario, learners can participate in a network that coordinates and facilitates learning seamlessly among peers, small groups, learning communities and the larger community, in...
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Over the next 10 years, we anticipate that personal, portable, wirelessly-networked technologies will become ubiquitous in the lives of learners - indeed, in many countries, this is already a reality. We see that ready-to-hand access creates the potential for a new phase in the evolution of technology-enhanced learning (TEL), characterized by "seam...
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Mobile Technology: The future of learning in your hands. Invited guest lecture at the Open University, 15 September 2005, Milton Keynes, UK
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M-learning: Doing the unthinkable and reaching the unreachable. Keynote address at the Ericsson International Conference on mobile learning and mobile technologies, 9 September 2005, Dublin, Ireland.
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Mobile learning (m-learning) is a natural extension of electronic learning (e-learning) and has the potential to make learning even more widely available and accessible than we are used to in existing e-learning environments. The role that communication and interaction plays in the learning process is a critical success factor. It is within this co...
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New trends and some thoughts on the future of m-learning. Keynote address delivered at the MEITAL Conference, 8 June 2005, Beer Sheva, Israel
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Issues for m-learning research. Invited guest lecture at the University of Tel Aviv, 7 June 2005, Tel Aviv, Israel
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Educational practice is continually subjected to renewal, due to developments in information and communication technology (ICT), the commercialisation and globalisation of education, social changes and the pursuit of quality. Of these, the impact of ICT and the new knowledge economy are the most significant. Changes in our educational practice lea...
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The state of mobile learning research in Africa. Invited guest lecture at the Mobile Learning Research Symposium, 5-7 December 2004, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Some thoughts on the future of m-learning. Invited guest lecture at the University of Alberta, 7 December 2004, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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The development of and adoption rate of mobile technologies are increasing rapidly on a global scale. M-learning (mobile learning) is consequently an emerging concept as educationists are starting to explore more and more with mobile technologies in teaching and learning environments. Already, there are numerous applications for mobile technologies...
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Is m-learning the future of e-learning? Exploring future learning paradigms. Invited guest lecture at the MUTI Seminar, 17 September 2004, Pretoria, South Africa.
Conference Paper
Beyond constructivism? The role of ICTs in future learning paradigms. Keynote address delivered at the NADEOSA Conference, 25-26 August 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Exploring future learning paradigms: Will m-learning survive? Keynote address delivered at mLearn 2004, the 3rd international world conference on mobile learning, 5-6 July 2004, Bracciano, Italy.
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The development of and adoption rate of mobile technologies are increasing rapidly on a global scale. M-learning (mobile learning) is consequently an emerging concept as educationists are starting to explore more and more with mobile technologies in teaching and learning environments. Already, there are numerous applications for mobile technologies...
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Flexible learning at the University of Pretoria. Tukkievaria, 18(7), 4-5, May 2001, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
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A new education model to promote flexible learning. Tukkievaria, 18(2), 2-3, February 2001, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
Book
Internationally, universities are subjected to renewal, because of technological and social changes, changes in the educational paradigm, an increase in the importance of distance education, open learning and flexible learning, the massification and industrialisation of education, developments in information and communication technology, commercial...
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Manual for the development of distance learning study material. Technisa, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Article
The necessity of distance education, especially in South Africa, and the increased need thereof in the immediate future, is definite. Because of the individual and independent nature of distance learning, the focus of distance education needs to change towards developing autonomous and self-directed learners. Metalearning is a process which strive...
Thesis
Thesis: PhD (Didactics), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 1993.

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I form part of a group of five team members involved in an ODL research grant project in which we research Internet digital literacy skills among students and academic staff in an open distance learning context. Dr Lydia Mbati is the grant holder. As part of this project, we will be presenting training on e-portfolios to academic staff members. Our institution's platform of choice is Mahara.