Towards a conceptual framework highlighting mobile learning challenges

Mourad Benali, Mohamed Ally

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Over the last decade, there has been much interest in mobile technologies in teaching and learning as emerging and innovative tools. Despite this focus, mobile learning (m-Learning) implementation is facing many challenges. This study presents a tentative conceptual framework that consolidates existing research related to mobile learning implementation barriers. The study adopted a systematic review of the literature on challenges to mobile learning. A total of 125 papers published between 2007 and 2017 were extracted from established peer reviewed journals. A qualitative content analysis was used to define 24 barriers that have been grouped into four conceptual categories: Technological, Learner, Pedagogical and Facilitating Conditions. The proposed framework acts as guide for educators, systems developers, policy makers, researchers and stakeholders interested in implementing mobile learning programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-63
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan. 2020


  • Barriers
  • Challenges
  • Framework
  • Learner
  • M-Learning
  • Mobile Devices
  • Pedagogical
  • Technical


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