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Sustainable Distance Education Through Mobile Learning: A Case Study in Multicultural Context

6 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2010  

Subramaniam Chandran

Vinayaka Missions University

Date Written: November 25, 2010


This paper addresses three important issues: How technology does assure sustainable distance learning for multicultural group of students?; What is the relevance of mobile learning in context of developing countries with multicultural social environment?; How does mobile learning confirm improved learning solution for different levels of students? This paper reports the impact of mobile learning on distance education in multicultural environment. The emergence of learning technologies through CD, internet, and mobile is increasingly adopted by distance institutes for quick delivery and cost-effective purposes. Their sustainability is conditioned by the structure of learners as well as the teaching community. The experimental study was conducted among the distant learners of Vinayaka Missions University located at Salem in India. Students were drawn from multicultural environment based on different languages, religions, class and communities. During the mobile learning sessions, the students, who divided on language, religion, class and community, were dominated by play impulse rather than study anxiety or cultural inhibitions. This study confirmed that mobile learning improved the performance of the students despite their division based on region, language or culture. In other words, technology was able to transcend the relative deprivation in the multicultural groups. It also confirms sustainable distance education through mobile learning and cost-effective system of instruction. Mobile learning appropriates the self-motivation and play impulse of the young learners in providing sustainable distance education to multicultural social groups of students.

Keywords: Distance Education, Mobile Learning, Multiculturalism, Sustainability

Suggested Citation

Chandran, Subramaniam, Sustainable Distance Education Through Mobile Learning: A Case Study in Multicultural Context (November 25, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 35-40, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Subramaniam Chandran (Contact Author)

Vinayaka Missions University ( email )


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