What is the definition of mobile learning (m-learning)?

Mobile learning, also known as m-learning, is a new way to access learning content, using mobiles. Mobile learning supports, with the help of mobile devices, a continuous access to the learning process. This can be done using appliances like your phone, laptop or tablet. You can learn wherever and whenever you want! With the advent of mobile learning, educational systems are changing.

What is mobile learning (m-learning)?

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What's the importance of mobile learning? Let's take a look at mobile learning in education and go through the advantages and disadvantages of mobile education.

M-learning in education

More and more schools are using laptops or tablets. It's fun for children and adutls. There are increasingly more educational apps available for teachers and trainers. 

Examples of mobile learning in education:

Offering mobile learning material

That is the most common way of using mobile learning. You can offer texts, videos or audios. Participants can be given assignments after watching a video that the instructor has put online. This way of mobile learning is relatively less interactive. It’s more about individual consumption. There is no interaction between the trainer and the learners, which makes it an asynchronous way of learning.

Interaction during lessons

If you want to have some more interaction, that is also possible with mobile devices. An example of this is asking questions during your training, using online discussion forums, or asking your learners to complete a survey after taking the training. 

Instructors ask questions and the learners answer them using their mobile devices, or communicate between themselves in a group discussion forum. It's possible to get immediate feedback. This is especially effective when training large groups.

Synchronous learning

Immediate feedback from your teacher or fellow students? This is possible with synchronous learning. You are able to get direct feedback even when you are at home. Teachers can interact with their students during their lectures.

Advantages of mobile learning

Wherever and whenever

It’s possible to lay in bed and watch a lecture or complete a survey whenever you want.

Motivation

"We are going to take an online quiz!" You can see the smile on the faces of the children. It really motivates children to learn if they can use tablets or other mobile devices.

Employees also feel more motivated to learn something new or take a training if they can take their learning materials everywhere with them, especially when they don't have time to learn during their regular work hours. 

Different types of content

Videos, audio files, images... are all things you can add with mobile learning. Videos make it possible to make learning more lively and interesting. 

Long distance is not a problem

While one learner might be in New York and the other in Amsterdam, it’s still possible to view the same content and take the same tests! This is one of the main benefits of mobile learning.

Disadvantages of mobile learning

Distraction

Mobile devices can be a great distraction for participants. Children like learning on tablets, but gaming on tablets seems to be even more fun! As a teacher you are not always able to control what your pupils are doing on their tablets.

For adults, mobile learning can also be distracting if your users get constantly interrrupted with text messages and notifications. So it requires self-discipline and focus on their part. 

However, if you can make your training interactive and fun, the other applications available on mobiles won't be a distraction for your learners. 

Lack of Internet connection or electricity

Using mobile devices for e-learning could be an issue if your users don't have Internet connection or electricity easily available. 

In spite of that, statistics show that today there are more mobile devices than people in the world. So a lack of Internet connection, poor connection quality and access to electricity should become problems of the past.

M-learning and our LMS

Mobile learning is certainly possible with our learning management system. The interface is set up to be fully responsive, which means it will look awesome and work beautifully on all sorts of devices, desktops and mobiles. 

If you have any modern device with a screen that is connected to the internet: You're good to go! ✨

With Easy LMS, you can easily create tests and training materials with videos, images and much more. You can set up discussion forums and provide real time interaction between learners. 

It's also possible to share a survey with your users that they can answer during a lecture or training session. 

Useful resources

Wikipedia
DW Akademie

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