Mobile Learning in Medical Education Review

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Kieran Walsh


In the past several years, mobile learning made rapid inroads into the provision of medical education.There are significant advantages associated with mobile learning. These include high access, low cost,more situated and contextual learning, convenience for the learner, continuous communication andinteraction between learner and tutor and between learner and other learners, and the ability to self-assess themselves while learning. Like any other form of medical pedagogy, mobile learning has itsdownsides. Disadvantages of mobile learning include: inadequate technology, a risk of distraction fromlearning by using a device that can be used for multiple purposes, and the potential for breakdown inbarriers between personal usage of the mobile device and professional or educational use. Despite thesecaveats, there is no question but that mobile learning offers much potential. In the future, it is likely thatthe strategy of mobile first, whereby providers of e-learning think of the user experience on a mobilefirst, will result in learners who increasingly expect that all e-learning provision will work seamlessly ona mobile device.

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Kieran Walsh, BMJ Publishing Group, London

BMJ Learning