How m-learning is transforming online education

The use of technology in an educational environment is certainly nothing new – teachers have been relying on computers and similar devices for decades now. Even online classes have been a part of college campuses and K-12 organizations since the turn of the century. But over the last few years, in particular, a new trend has rapidly taken hold that stands poised to change the way we think about online education, for all-time and for the better. In a lot of ways, it already has.

That trend is called m-learning, otherwise known as Mobile Learning.

Defined as a way to facilitate education through the use of devices like smartphones and tablets, m-learning is also a lot more than that. According to one recent study conducted by Pew Research Center, nearly 77% of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind – up from just 35% a few years ago, in 2011. More than that, there were 2.1 billion smartphones worldwide as of 2016 – a number that is expected to climb to 2.5 billion by as soon as 2019.

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