Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 103–113 | Cite as

mLearning: Anytime, anywhere learning transcending the boundaries of the educational box

  • Micah Shippee
  • Jared Keengwe


In the age of our mobile learning, an impending onus is placed on educational institutions to embrace this technological innovation that is widely accepted, used, and available globally. The clear societal value of mobile technology as a productivity tool for engagement, creation, and collaboration has generated a new need for education to revisit existing instructional paradigms constrained by physical walls and time. Mobile learning (mLearning) creates a venue to promote a culture of participation where learners and leaders alike can engage in combined efforts with multiplicative outcomes of greater success. This article explores the factors that national, state, and local educational organizations must understand in order to make steps toward successful integration of mLearning technology. Characteristics necessary for effective and efficient use of mLearning strategies for educators are also examined.


Anytime learning Anywhere learning Mobile learning mLearning Mobile technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation ProgramSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.University of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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