Mobile Learning

© Jonathan Nalder

Mobile learning, or "m-learning", offers modern ways to support learning process through mobile devices, such as handheld and tablet computers, MP3 players, smartphones and mobile phones.

It presents unique attributes compared to conventional e-learning: personal, portable, collaborative, interactive, contextual and situated, it emphasizes "just-in-time-learning" as instruction can be delivered anywhere and at anytime through it. Moreover, it is an aid to formal and informal learning and thus holds enormous potential to transform the delivery of education and training.

Mobile learning is emerging as one of the solutions to the challenges faced by education. UNESCO's programme of activities is therefore based on growing partnerships geared towards exploring how mobile technologies can enable the achievement of Education For All. Its partners include Nokia and the U.S. Department of State.

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