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M-learning or E-learning – What’s the Difference?

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M-learning or E-learning – What’s the Difference?

Organizations are globally going for the trainings that are exclusively technology based trainings like eLearning. Many of them are also moving towards mLearning. But there are certain differences between eLearning and mLearning.

Here, in this blog, I will discuss a few areas where these training formats differ from each other.

Accessibility: It’s very easy to access an eLearning course, anywhere, anytime, if you have a laptop with you. At times it is tough to access online course through laptops, a stable environment is required to go through eLearning. On the other hand, those who have smartphones or iPads can take mLearning courses. M-learning courses can be accessed even when you travel. They truly break the barriers of time and place.

Navigation: The screens of laptop and desktop computers are larger than screens of mobile devices. So, there can be many navigational options for the user to navigate. This also means that the user interface of eLearning and mLearning are designed differently. The need of MLearning is to be more simplistic and precise than eLearning.

Duration: E-learning courses are designed normally for about 20-30 minutes. This can also extend to 1 hour, depending on the complexity of the training content. M-Learning courses are designed in such a way that they have spans of 3-5 minutes. This means that the content is divided into much smaller chunks and made easy for the learner to access quickly anywhere, anytime.

Information: E-learning courses are used to deliver the content in a detailed manner and the learner gets detailed information of the subject. However, at times, the learner has to be in a ‘static environment’ to complete the course. When coming to the mLearning courses, they are delivered in a precise manner to make the learning quick and accessible anywhere, anytime. The information in mLearning is given in nuggets to be used while performing the job. In short, it deals with just-in-time information required for the leaner to complete his job.

Apart from these major differences, the other differences that mLearning includes are personal use, highly interactive, short duration, just-in-time, and to the point. Please share your thoughts.

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