iSchool Applications

Mobile Learning

The term mLearning, or "mobile learning", has different meanings for different communities. Although related to e-learning and distance education, it is distinct in its focus on learning across contexts and learning with mobile devices. One definition of mobile learning is: Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies.[1] In other words, mobile learning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices.

Sparked by the enormous popularity of iPod and iTunes, mobile learning is changing education in a big way. High school and college students already have mobile access, not just with iPod players, but also with iPhone devices and portable computers; they come to class with the Internet in their pockets. We can help you provide those mobile devices for K-12 students, so they can access the Internet, too (under the supervision of their teachers, of course). If educators can tap into that access, then any place — a bus stop, a cafe, wherever — is a place to learn.

What are the advantages of mobile learning (mlearning)

  • Ensures all students have equal access
  • Interaction and collaboration
  • Creation of a learning community
  • Access to a variety of online resources
  • Enhances self-directed learning
  • Enhances learning by making technology ubiquitous throughout the educational experience
  • Employers are demanding technical skills
  • Immediately meets the learning moment
  • Assists student organisation
  • Engages students in controling their own learning


What are the disadvantages of mLearning:

  • Currently there are obstacles that exist in implementation of m-learning based on current mobile technology capacity. The current industry is plagued by proprietary solutions and competition.
  • There are issues of inconvenience and security of carrying mobile devices. Regular charging can be a nuisance and also data can be lost if this is not done correctly.
  • Because this technology uses radio waves there is a higher danger of unauthorized users either tapping in or intercepting your data. Data is transmitted slower compared to wired devices.
  • Interference with the radio frequencies can jam the network and disable the transmission of information.
  • M-learning can be expensive and does require motivation from the learner.

Applications of mobile learning use the iTouch