What is Mobile Learning?

People increasingly expect to be connected to the Internet and the rich tapestry of knowledge it contains wherever they go. Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, enable users to do just that via cellular networks and wireless power. At the end of 2012, the mobile market consisted of over 6.5 billion subscribers, with a majority living in developing countries. The improvement of mobile networks and affordability of smartphones and tablets is pointing to a future where every individual will have access to the world wide web via their handheld computer or phone. The unprecedented evolution of these devices has opened the door to myriad uses for education. Learning institutions all over the world are exploring ways to make their websites, educational materials, resources, and opportunities all available online and optimized for mobile devices. The significance for teaching and learning is that these devices can facilitate every manner of educational experience, allowing learners to access remote laboratories and conduct experiment, and organize virtual video meetings with peers all over the world, and collaborate on shared documents or projects in the cloud among other things. Over the past several years, mobile learning has earned its place as a top priority for entrepreneurs and educators that are exploring mobile learning solutions and researching their supporting pedagogies.