M-learning (mobile learning) means simply letting users learn wherever, whenever they want, which is valued in the modern world where people cannot seem to spare enough time for anything. It also allows people to integrate their studies into other aspects of their lives.
E-learning is regarded as learning ‘beyond classroom walls‘, and m-learning, which is regarded as an extension of e-learning, is now seen as learning ‘beyond computer screens‘.
M-learning provides intrinsic motivation, which comes from within an individual, since it makes learning more fun and meaningful. As we do not usually buy our mobile phones or tablet devices for our studies, we may nevertheless, consider them as fun tools to use. According to the study carried by Mockus et al. (2011), m-learning motivated students to learn, and most of the students stated that they found it beneficial, fun, and meaningful.
Two weeks ago, I gave a presentation on m-learning with my tutor Gary Motteram, course director of the MA in Educational Technology and TESOL at the University of Manchester, at the World Members’ Conference in Istanbul.
Our abstract: Mobile devices are usually the first thing we touch after we wake up and the last thing we touch before going to bed, we seem to have the whole world in our palms now. It is acknowledged that mobile learning, in addition to motivating learners, helps them to learn anywhere anytime since learning is now available to the learners’ in their own environments and is not restricted to (physical) classroom settings. In this workshop, presenters will discuss the potential of mobile learning for classroom use, and some issues to consider before using tablets in the classroom. Ultimately, they will introduce both online and offline apps for English language teaching and learning.
Mockus, L., Dawson, H., Edel-Malizia, S., Shaffer, D., An, J., & Swaggerty, A. (2011). The Impact of Mobile Access on Motivation: Distance. Education Student Perceptions.