John Traxler is currently Professor of Mobile Learning, the world’s first and a full UK professor, and Director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton. He is an honorary member of the Interdisciplinary Science, Education, Technologies and Learning group at the University of Glasgow and a Research Fellow at Mobile Studies at Nottingham University in Ningbo. He is a Founding Director and current Vice-President of the International Association for Mobile Learning, Executive Committee Member of the USAID mEducation Alliance, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and of Interactive Learning Environments. He is currently in the Pearson mLearning Think Tank and Research Board of the Association of Learning Technology, the Editorial Board of Research in Learning Technology and IT in International Development. He was Conference Chair of mLearn2008, the world’s biggest and oldest mobile learning research conference. He has guest edited six special editions of peer-reviewed journals devoted to mobile learning including a mobile learning edition of Distance Education, a mobile learning edition of UNESCO Prospects, an African edition of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and a mobile learning edition of Digital Culture and Education.
He has co-written a guide to mobile learning in developing countries for the Commonwealth of Learning and is co-editor of the definitive book, Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers, with Professor Agnes Kukulska-Hulme. They are now working a second book, Mobile Learning: the Next Generation, due to be published in 2013. He is also co-authoring a book, Key Issues in Mobile Learning: Research and Practice, with Professors Norbert Pachler & and John Cook and working on an edited book on maths education and mobiles. He has written over 30 book chapters on mobile learning and is currently developing the world’s first online masters course in mobile learning.
In March 2013, he opened the British Council Mobile Learning Symposium in Cairo. In March 2012, he opened the STELLAR research workshop in Brussels and closed the UNESCO International Symposium in Washington, and contributed an invited session to ICTD in Atlanta for IDRC, followed by the World Literacy Summit in April at the University of Oxford and chairing the Future of Apps in the Public Sector forum in London in July. In September 2012, he opened the USAID mEducation Alliance Symposium in Washington. He was on the UNESCO Policy Advisory Team for mobile learning.
In the autumn of 2011, he started projects for Palestinian refugees with UNRWA, as well as working with the South African Department of Basic Education, working on mobile learning and teacher training. In the spring of 2012, he started projects in Turkey and Tanzania. He was one of the facilitators for the first MobiMOOC course in early 2011 with over 200 active students and facilitated the second in September 2012. He is also developing on an ICT Strategy for Education Policy for UNRWA having previously worked on a UNRWA ODL Policy Review.
He was on the organising panel for the USAID m4Ed4Dev Symposium in August 2011 in Washington and in November chaired the WISE Debate Mobile Learning for the Hard to Reach in Qatar, invited again in 2013. He spoke in Epic’s 2nd Learning Technologies Debate at Olympia and in Paris, in March 2011, at the Cap Digital Think Tank.
He was an invited Expert for the First Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO Paris in December 2011 and for the Developing Literacy through Mobile Phones - Empowering Women and Girls, Africa Region Consultation, and contributed to current World Bank and World Economic Forum reports. Other keynotes in 2011 include the Mobile & Social Learning Event in April 2011 at the 22nd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Florida, the Mobile Maths conference in Abu Dhabi and APAC Mobile Learning & Edutainment Conference 2011 in Bandung, Indonesia, as well as many UK events.
Keynotes in 2010 included IADIS Mobile Learning 2010 in Oporto, ISD2010 at Charles University in Prague, ICL2010 at Hasselt University in Belgium, the VII International Seminar on Mobile Technologies for Learning and Development, at the Open University in Barcelona in October, and at many national, online, regional and specialist conferences since 2006.
In 2009, he was shortlisted for the Handheld Learning Conference Special Achievement Award and received Best Research Paper Award from the Association for Learning Technology.
He was invited by the British Council to speak at the South African national science festival, SciFest, and by Microsoft to their Mobile Learning Summit in Seattle. The Canadian government invited him to ICTD2008 in Bangalore. In 2009, he spent two months as visiting scientist at the Meraka Institute in Pretoria supporting socially useful mobile technology projects, followed by another to UNISA in July 2013. He worked with the Pearson Foundation on their Foundation Leadership Summits for policy-makers in four Southern African countries. He mentors research capacity building for IRDC, specifically mobile application development for rural health education in Cambodia and now online learning in Tanzania, and for various universities.
He was on the Steering Group for the USAID mEducation Alliance. He has advised foundations, BioVision, Pearson, MacArthur, Joan Cooney Ganz and others, on funding priorities in their upcoming programmes and priorities. He was the Evaluator for the EU FP6 m-learning project. He was on the panel of judges for the JISC national blogging competition in 2009, the international judges panel for the GSMA prize for mobile learning apps at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the international judges panel for the UNESCO/Nokia Education for All Crowdsourcing Challenge.
He is an Academic Reviewer for the ESRC Peer Review College and reviews bids for JISC, Higher Education Academy (HEA), USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), Leverhulme Trust, South African National Research Fund (NRF), Hong Kong Research Council, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), Swiss National Science Foundation, BUPA Foundation and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He was on review panel for the IDRC SIRCA programme in South Asia and on the MoLeNET board for the UK FE sector. He is an Academic Associate of the HEA.
He was on the JISCLegal Virtual Users Group and e-Learning Experts Group and convened a special interest group on the ethical challenges of educational interventions using popular digital technologies encouraging the researchers to discuss, debate and publish, and an international on-line community of early researchers in mobile learning; he advises two professional bodies on codes of research ethics.
He has been responsible for national workshops on mobile learning for UK universities, and has delivered similar workshops to university staff in Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Mexico and India, for external agencies such as the International Labour Organisation in Turin and for international corporates. He advises UK universities on mobile learning projects, acts as independent advisor and reviewer for commercial projects and start-ups in mobile learning internationally. He supervises and examines PhDs in mobile learning.
Traxler, J. & Kukulska-Hulme, A. (eds) (under contract, 2013), Mobile Learning: The Next Generation, New York: Routledge
Pachler, N., Cook, J. & Traxler, J. (under contract, 2012) Key Issues In Mobile Learning: Research And Practice, London: Continuum
Traxler, J. & Wishart, J. (2011) Making Mobile Learning Work: Case Studies of Practice, Bristol: ESCAlate (HEA Education Subject Centre)
Traxler, J., Riordan, B. & Dennett, C. (2008) Proceedings of the mLearn2008 Conference: The Bridge From Text To Context, Wolverhampton: University of Wolverhampton
Taylor, P., Traxler, J. & Attewell, J. (2007), iDTV for learning: the KickStart TV pilot project, London: Learning & Skills Network
Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Traxler, J (2005). Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (F. Lockwood, Series Ed.). London: Routledge (also in Korean)
Traxler, J., & Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2005). Mobile Learning in Developing Countries (G. Chin, Series Ed.). Vancouver, BC: Commonwealth of Learning.
Beetham, H., Conole, G., de Freitas, S., Ellaway, R., Jones, C., Masterman, L., Pegler, C., Sharpe, R. & Traxler, J. (2012) Designing for Learning in an Uncertain Future in H. Beetham & R. Sharpe, Rethinking Pedagogy, Routledge
Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Traxler, J. (2013) Design Principles For Mobile Learning, in H. Beetham & R. Sharpe, Rethinking Pedagogy, 2nd Edition, Routledge
Traxler, J. (2013) Mobiles for Learning in Africa.... The Elephants in The Room in S. Marshall & W. Kinuthia, On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development, IGI
Traxler, J. (2013) Mobile Learning – Shaping The Frontiers of Learning Technologies in Global Context in Kinshuk, R. Huang & M. Spector (eds), Reshaping Learning - The Frontiers of Learning Technologies in a Global Context, Springer
Traxler, J. (2013) Mobile Learning Across Developing and Developed Worlds - Tackling Distance, Digital Divides, Disadvantage, Disenfranchisement, In Z. Berge & L. Y. Muilenburg (eds), Handbook of Mobile Learning, New York: Routledge
Traxler, J. (2012) Aprendizagem Móvel e Recursos Educativos Digitais do Futuroin (in Portugese) (ed) José Moura Carvalho, Cadernos Sacausef VII, Lisbon: Direção-Geral da Educação
Traxler, J. (2012) The Challenge of Working across Contexts and Domains: Mobile Health Education in Rural Cambodia, in A. Chib & R. Harris (eds) Linking Research To Practice in Asia: ICT For Development Research, Management And Perspectives, Ottawa: IDRC
Traxler, J. (2012) Ethics and ICTD Research, in A. Chib & R. Harris (eds) Linking Research To Practice in Asia: ICT For Development Research, Management And Perspectives, Ottawa: IDRC
Traxler, J. (2012) New Media: Their Impact on Business, Information, Organisations and Systems In M. Pankowska (ed) Internet Communication Management, Katowice: University of Economics
Traxler, J. (2011) Learning in a Mobile Age, a More and More Mobile Age In D. Parsons (ed), Combining e-Learning and m-Learning: New Applications of Blended Educational Resources, Hershey, PA: IGI Global
Traxler, J. (2011) The Mobile and Mobility, and Information, Organisations and Systems In J. Pokorny et al. (eds.), Business Systems and Services: Modelling and Development Springer-Verlag: New York
Traxler, J. (2010) What Comes After Pilots Projects and Initiatives? In G. Retta, (ed.) Mobile Learning: Pilot Projects and Initiative, Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Press, pp 99-108
Traxler, J. (2009) Education and the Impact of Mobiles and Mobility In B. Bachmair, Medienbildung in neuen Kulturräumen (trs. Media literacy in new cultural spaces), Weisbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaft, pp103 - 113
Traxler, J. (2009) Mobile Learning Evaluation: The Challenge of Mobile Societies In G. Vavoula, N. Pachler & A. Kukulska-Hulme, Researching Mobile Learning: Frameworks, Methods and Research Designs, London: Peter Lang, pp 151- 165
Traxler, J. (2009) Mobile Devices, Knowledge and Learning In V. King, F. Deepwell, L. Clouder and C. Broughan (ed.), Academic Futures: Inquiries into Higher Education and Pedagogy, Coventry
Traxler, J. (2009) The Evolution of Mobile Learning In G. Retta, (ed.) The Evolution of Mobile Teaching and Learning, Informing Science Press,
Traxler, J. (2008) Mobile Learning, Mobile Library, Mobile Technology, Mobile Society In G. Needham & M. Ally, (ed.) M-libraries: libraries on the move to provide virtual access, London: Facet Books
Traxler, J. (2009) Mobile Subcultures, In S. Wheeler (ed.) Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishers.
Traxler, J. (2008) Podcasting in Context In G. Salmon & P. Edirisingha (eds.), Podcasting for Learning in Universities, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
Traxler, J. (2008) Current State of Mobile Learning In M. Ally (ed.), Mobile Learning Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training, Athabasca: University of Athabasca Press
Traxler, J. (2008) Mobile Learning in a Mobile World - The Practicalities of the Social, Ethical and Legal Environment In T. Hansson (ed.). Handbook of research on digital information technologies: Innovations, methods, and ethical issues. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Traxler, J., (2007) An Evaluation of KickStart TV In P. Munday, M. Kambouri & J. Attewell (eds.) Interactive Digital Television for Literacy and Numeracy Learning London: Learning and Skills Network
Traxler, J. (2007) The Future Potential of idTV In P. Munday, M. Kambouri & J. Attewell (eds.) Interactive Digital Television for Literacy and Numeracy Learning London: Learning and Skills Network
Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Traxler, J., (2007) Design for Mobile and Wireless Technologies In H. Beetham & R. Sharpe (eds). Rethinking Pedagogy for the Digital Age London: Routledge
Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Traxler, J., (2005) Mobile Learning and Teaching In A. Kukulska-Hulme& J. Traxler (eds). Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (F. Lockwood, Ed.). London: Routledge.
Traxler, J., (2005) Case Studies - Introduction and Overview In A. Kukulska-Hulme& J. Traxler (eds). Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (F. Lockwood, Ed.). London: Routledge.
Traxler, J. (2005) Institutional Issues: Embedding and Supporting In A. Kukulska-Hulme& J. Traxler (eds). Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (F. Lockwood, Series Ed.). London: Routledge.
Traxler, J., (1996). Factors that Govern Initial Programming Language Choice. In M. Woodman (Ed.), Programming Language Choice. London: Chapman and Hall
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Traxler, J. (2012) Educators Go Over the Garden Wall, Interactive Learning Environments, June 2012
Traxler, J. (2011) Context in a Wider Context, Medienpaedagogik, Zeitschrift für Theorie und Praxis der Medienbildung. The Special Issue entitled Mobile Learning in Widening Contexts: Concepts and Cases (ed.) N. Pachler, B. Bachmair & J. Cook, Vol. 19 http://www.medienpaed.com/19/traxler1107.pdf
Traxler, J. (2011) Mobile Learning - Starting in the Right Place, Going in the Right Direction? International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(1), pp57 - 67
Traxler, J. (2010), Distance Education and Mobile Learning: Catching Up, Taking Stock, Distance Education, 31(2) 1- 6
Traxler, J. (2010) Students and Mobile Devices, ALT-J, Association for Learning Technology Research Journal, 18(2): 149–160
Traxler, J. (2010) Sustaining Mobile Learning and Its Institutions, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, Vol.2, No.4 pp 58 - 65
Traxler, J. (2010) Will Student Devices Deliver Innovation, Inclusion & Transformation?, Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2010, 3 - 15
Traxler, J. (2009) Mobile Learning – A Snapshot of 2008, International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) Volume 3, Issue 2
Traxler, J. (2009), mLearn2008: the Text and the Context, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, Vol. 1. No. 2, pp i-iv
Traxler, J. (2008), Learning in a Mobile Age, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, Vol. 1. No. 1, pp 1-12
Traxler, J., (2007) Defining, Discussing and Evaluating Mobile Education, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Vol. 8, No 2 (2007)
Kukulska-Hulme, A., Traxler, J. & Pettit, J. (2007) Designed and user-generated activity in the mobile age, Journal of Learning Design, Vol. 2 May 2007, Brisbane