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What is mLearning?

Mobile learning means learning anywhere and anytime.

Mobile Learning (mLearning) is the use of digital media, educational resources and/or applications that are designed for learning via handheld, portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and/or feature phones. Students may engage in mLearning as independent learners or might make use of apps as part of a distance or blended learning class. mLearning may enhance and extend access to learning by reducing the barriers of time, place, language, cost of devices, among others.

mLearning is especially important to adults served by adult basic education programs. Many of these learners are smartphone dependent. (See the Pew Research Center’s Mobile Learning Fact Sheet). Without access to mLearning opportunities, these learners would not be able to take advantage of digital learning resources found online.

Examples of mLearning

mLearning can be entirely self-directed. Learners in formal programming might use it to supplement their learning. The 21 CLEO research team found that many learners in their study of employer-supported educational programs, like a workplace ESL class, found learning opportunities on YouTube. Other learners not enrolled in programs can benefit from self-directed learning via apps. Learning Upgrade has been used as part of learning circles for adult learners on waiting lists and in social service organizations that do not generally provide educational services. (Read more about Learning Upgrade in these self-directed use scenarios)

mLearning can extend learning outside of the classroom. Home Health Aide certification students in Boston used an app created by Care Academy to prepare for their in-person demonstration and hands-on classes. The app included a rich combination of videos, interactive activities, and accessible, text-based resources. (Read more about the EdTech Center’s Care Academy field test.)

mLearning can be used to support personalization. Cell-Ed has been used in many adult literacy and workplace education settings. Cell-Ed’s rich range of learning opportunities and personalized phone and text coaching support persistence by getting learners the help they need right when they need it. (Read more about the EdTech Center’s field test of Cell-Ed)

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