Mobile Learning and How it Relates (Or Differentiates) From E-Learning

While a lot of of us accept heard or appear beyond the appellation e-learning in the accomplished decade, the appellation adaptable acquirements or m-learning is not as broadly acclimatized into accepted usage. While both are automatic in their meanings, how they alter and differentiate from anniversary added is not that apparent.

What is adaptable learning?

Mobile acquirements is authentic as the adeptness to access or accommodate educational agreeable on claimed abridged accessories such as PDAs, smartphones and adaptable phones. M-learning appliance handheld computers is in its adolescence in agreement of both technologies and pedagogies. As a aftereffect there is still some altercation amidst industry advocates in how adaptable acquirements should be defined: in agreement of accessories and technologies; in agreement of the advancement of acceptance and the advancement of education, and in agreement of the students’ acquaintance of ability accepting with adaptable devices. (Traxler, 2007)

Clark Quinn, professor, author, and able in computer-based education, authentic m-learning as the circle of adaptable accretion (the appliance of small, portable, and wireless accretion and advice devices) and e-learning (education facilitated and accurate through the use of advice and communications technology).

What is e-learning?

E-learning has appear to ascertain any broadcasting of educational ability over the Internet. This makes e-learning a subset of technology-based training. It aswell incorporates a amount of abstraction activities conducted on the Internet, of which adaptable acquirements is one part.

Differentiating e-learning from m-learning

E-learning can be real-time or self-paced, aswell accepted as “synchronous” or “asynchronous”. Additionally, e-learning is advised to be “tethered” (connected to something) and presented in a academic and structured manner.

In contrast, m-learning is generally self-paced, un-tethered and breezy in its presentation.


lecture in classroom or internet labs
private location
travel time to ability to internet site


anywhere, anytime
instantaneous messaging
no geographic boundaries
no biking time with wireless internet connectivity

Because adaptable accessories accept the ability to accomplish apprenticeship even added broadly attainable and accessible, adaptable accessories are advised by abounding to be a accustomed addendum of e-learning (Ellis, 2003).


1. C. Quinn (2000), “mLearning: Mobile, Wireless, In-Your-Pocket Learning”

2. Traxler, John (2007), Defining, Discussing and Evaluating Adaptable Learning: the affective feel writes and accepting writ…

3. Ellis, K. (2003). Moving into M-Learning. Training