eLearning vs. mLearning

difference m-learning and e-learning

From laptops to smartphones, music players to tablets, life today is loaded with gadgets. Gadgets, today, are an inseparable part of modern day lifestyle; people are turning towards their devices for almost everything – from entertainment to education. Combination of education with tech gadgets has given rise to new terms like electronic learning and mobile learning. Popular termed as eLearning and mLearning, they have are particularly being used for education and training in corporates.

Though eLearning and mLearning both primarily use technology gadgets and Internet, these terms are not synonymous. There is a significant difference between eLearning and mLearning, which listed as –

  • eLearning requires gadgets like computers and laptops while mLearning uses handheld gadgets like smartphones, PDAs, palmtops etc.
  • eLearning requires the person to sit in front of the computer and go through a specified material in a specified amount of time. mLearning basically happens on-the-go, and in time intervals a person gets throughout the day. They can be done anywhere and anytime.
  • Along with the delivery method, delivery time also differs. In eLearning, one module requires an average time of 20 minutes for completion. In mLearning, content delivery is done in short intervals of time that is usually few minutes.
  • Not just content delivery, interface design and learning management system design principles vary between eLearning and mLearning.
  • eLearning aims at information understanding and retention over a period of time. mLearning aims at making information accessible whenever and wherever required.
  • mLearning offers benefits like mobility and personalization that make it ideal for specific or critical targeting. eLearning does not offer these benefits.

mLearning is considered to be an extension of eLearning yet both are witnessing developments independently. Both techniques have their pros and cons, so both are equally importan

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