A gigantic stride has been taken towards the modern age of education with Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel joining hands with the University of Colombo to introduce "M-learning" to Sri Lanka. This is a truly innovative concept that breaks through traditional boundaries of teaching and learning, utilizing advanced technology. Speaking to The Sunday Times FT on the sidelines of the media conference convened to announce the launching of M-learning initiative Professor Lakshman Dissanayake, Former Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies said "M-learning" is a promising pathway to obtaining higher education that will undoubtedly deliver value to the country. "M-learning" will be capable of catering to a larger audience, which will give the student greater flexibility to choose where and when the learning happens, he said.
With the advancement of mobile technology, it was recognized that traditional learning shortcomings can be addressed through the concept of "M- learning" (Mobile learning). "M- learning" is the teaching and learning process through the use of mobile and hand-held devices such as mobile phones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA), laptops and tablet PC's.
Initially, “M-Learning” will be an option available for students following the “Executive Diploma in Marketing” (EDM). This diploma will provide students with an intermediate level of knowledge to be applied in the field of marketing. The programme is currently offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo, and will be a stepping stones for students with only A/L qualification.
Speaking on the significance of the concept, Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama, Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo said that this project has a tremendous potential and could be extended to any part of the country. This is an ideal solution to the problem of limited capacity and resources within universities, she said.
Leisha De Silva Chandrasena, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom and Sri Telecom Mobitel noted that M-Learning will be able to overcome the problem of limited university intake and, is set to redefine the dynamics of higher education in Sri Lanka.
Suren J. Amarasekera, CEO, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel said, “While the University of Colombo will provide the material and Microsoft being the solution platform, Mobitel - with its full-fledged Super 3.5G/2G network can take M-learning towards the farthest corners of the country.”