What’s mobile learning?

According to UNESCO, ‘a popular definition of mobile learning is education that involves the use of mobile devices to enable learning anytime and anywhere. While this definition captures much of the essence of mobile learning, it requires two important clarifications. Discussions about mobile learning should:

1) focus more on mobility and its unique affordances than on technology per se; and
2) include questions about how mobile devices can support not only learning but also broad educational goals such as effective education administration and information management.

The power to extend educational experiences beyond classrooms and enable non-formal and informal learning is a key attribute of mobile learning and carries enormous potential to make learning more personalized and relevant. However, in this context mobility ‘denotes not just physical mobility but the opportunity to overcome physical constraints by having access to people and digital learning resources, regardless of place and time’ (Kukulska-Hulme, 2010a). Thus mobile learning can very much happen in the classroom as well.

Finally, mobile learning does not require a ratio of one device per learner or teacher, which is the approach of the current 1:1 computing initiatives in many countries around the world. While a 1:1 ratio is ideal, it is not always possible given limited resources. Successful mobile learning projects run the full gamut of configurations, from 1:1, to one device for a group of learners, to one device per class.’

Source: UNESCO, Mobile Learning and Policies – Key Issues to Consider.

The Importance of Mobile in Learning and Performance

Please find more information about mobile learning on the following websites:


Mobile Learning Trends and Opportunities

Mobile Learning (smartphones) as a SUpport Tool in the Language Classroom

Learner Autonomy