Home / New Trends in Education and Learning - M-Learning

New Trends in Education and Learning - M-Learning

According to UNESCO, more than 6 billion people around the world are using connected mobile devices. These also account twice as many Internet accesses as those made from a computer. Mobile technology continues to be predominantly used for communication and both sharing and accessing information. But it is also starting to get used for other purposes which also include m-learning.

What is M-Learning?

M-learning, also known as mobile learning is a form of learning which involves the use of mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, handheld computers and other mobile technologies. These can be used independently or in combination with other technologies and traditional resources like textbooks, both inside and outside the classroom setting. They can be used to access learning materials/resources, communicate with educators and other learners, take tests/exams, etc. M-learning is most often used in educational institutions but it is also widely used in workplace and other settings including informal learning.

Advantages of M-Learning

No matter if used alone in online setting or in combination with the traditional learning in a brick-and-mortar classroom, m-learning offers a number of advantages. Some of the most important ones include:

Disadvantages of M-Learning

Like most other forms of education, m-learning has its disadvantages as well. Some of the greatest drawbacks of learning by using mobile devices include: