Mobile learning is the delivery of learning, education or learning support on mobile phones, PDAs or tablets. E-Learning has provided the ability for traditional learning to break out of the classroom setting and for students to learn at home. Mobile learning has enhanced upon e-learning by taking it a step further and allowing students to learn virtually anywhere a mobile signal is available. This allows participants to stay connected to the course while traveling, vacationing, during breaks or during any other free time one may have. [partly from en.wikipedia.org]
Beside the optimization of the existing courses for the use with mobile devices (the current site www.mena-water.net is a good example for this) the GIZ and the ACWUA-WANT program mainly use the Social Media networks as a communication tool between participants and tutors for their e-Learning courses. This decision was taken due to the fact that almost everyone among the participants and the e-tutors already own a smartphone or a tablet (and sometimes both). On the other hand, people are often reluctant to login to another third-party communication service. This explains the weak usage of the numerous services (and the GC21 of GIZ is among them) and on the other side the increasing use of social media.
Facebook for example is such an online social networking service. Its website was launched 2004. After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile, add other users as "friends", exchange messages, post status updates and photos, share videos and receive notifications when others update their profiles. Users – in this case participants of e-Learnings – can communicate with each other and the tutors in closed groups which means that the content of the discussion stays confidential outside the circle of the participants.