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Walden Introduces Mobile Adult Education Platform

Walden University has developed an online content delivery system that maximizes flexibility in the school's distance learning environment, in order to make class access more available to busy adults.�� The program has been named MobileLearn, in recognition of the fact that the student population it has been designed for is often too active to keep a regular online classroom schedule.

Walden University has been providing education resources for thirty eight years.�� It is an accredited university, with over thirty thousand online students and alumni who are working toward or have completed a career-oriented college degree program. The school is particularly strong in public health and nursing education.

This effort to increase academic accessibility in the school's classes is a structured education protocol that includes recorded lectures and online access to assigned texts.�� For courses that call for simulation exercises, recorded versions of these academic demonstrations will be available.�� One of the principal concepts that led to the development of this platform is the explosion in usage of mobile technology.

This program is designed to be accessible on various mobile online devices.�� It is being rolled out this year for selected academic programs, with the goal of completing availability for all classes and degrees in 2010.�� Walden University President Jonathan Kaplan's statement on MobileLearn's introduction included the observation that, "MobileLearn allows students to interact with content in a way that best fits their individual learning preferences and lifestyles."

A recent article in the Distance Daily describes a U.S. Department of Education study that found superior academic retention among online school students when compared to classroom students, in part because of the interaction with both faculty and fellow students and in part because online study encouraged a more extensive devotion of time to academic pursuits.

The concept behind MobileLearn seems at first glance to reduce this inherent advantage in choosing distance learning. ��However Walden President Kaplan says, "��each student has his or her own learning styles, and we believe that meeting those needs is a key factor in helping students achieve deeper understanding and retention of knowledge."

To some degree, the migration to mobile devices is driving change in the delivery of services as an inevitable necessity.�� In an unrelated story, the Imperial Valley News reported that California State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell will be holding office hours via Twitter, and that the California Department of Education has launched a simplified web site designed for mobile access.�� Two or three years ago, public education officials considered Twitter nothing more than a high school classroom annoyance.

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