The Definition of M-learning
As you know, the use of tech in the classroom is nothing new. Educators have been relying on devices like computers for quite some time now. Even online courses have become a part of K-12 organizations and college campuses since the 2000s.
However, a new trend has quickly developed over the last couple of years, potentially changing how we look at online learning. This trend is known as M-learning.
Let’s take a look at what M-learning means.
M-learning – An Overview
M-learning is defined as “facilitating education by using devices like tablets and smartphones.” In a Pew Research Center recent study, 77% of Americans own some type of smartphone, an overall 35% increase.
2.1 billion smartphones were being used globally in 2020. What if all of those devices could be used as educational tools, delivering customized learning experiences right at your fingertips?
Once you understand that mobile devices are tools for education, you can better understand the huge revolution that awaits us.
A New Mechanism for Delivery
One of M-learning’s main benefits has to do with the geographical barrier that it breaks down. Even with the many advanced online learning environments, or any other e-learning environments for that matter, learners were still bound by their physical location.
M-learning shifts the mechanism for online learning delivery and converts it into one that can exist anywhere. Learners won’t just receive the benefit of self-guided lessons; lessons can take place from anywhere, at any time.
The many essential things here are that geography is no longer an issue for learners. If someone needs to learn a skill, then they can. Whether they have a computer device around or where they live becomes irrelevant, they walk around with a supercomputer in their pockets daily that is more than powerful enough for educational purposes.
Social Networking as a Tool for Learning
M-learning is also using social networking to transform the way online learning takes place. Not only are many learners familiar with the concept of social media, but they also know how to use it to their advantage. Social networking makes it much easier for learners to collaborate when they aren’t in the classroom.
Although M-learning still has a long way to go in terms of integration into the classroom and online learning environments, it may just be the future of education tech.