Mobile Learning, or M-learning, generally refers to location- and time-independent learning using mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or notebooks.
M-learning is not only concerned with the distribution and use of learning content, but rather the associated collaboration and use that occurs through mobile devices specifically. M-learning is usually treated as an extension to, rather than a substitute for, traditional learning models.
Mobile learning offers the possibility for learning that can be performed at any location. The content can be personalised and even the surrounding environment can be included in the learning process.
Typical drawbacks associated with M-learning include possible interruptions and the tendency for the user to be distracted by other events. For these reasons, it is often argued that mobile learning is not sufficient for learning-complex contexts.