Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is not a panacea for all issues that plague the e-learning process at workplace. Just like personal desktops, mobile devices also have great potential to change the way people learn and gain more knowledge. The capability of tablets and mobile technologies to shake the current status quo of workplace learning environment and improve it is based on the pedagogy in which they are intertwined. It depends on trainers’ creativity and interest to integrate mobile learning in the course curriculum and drive towards continued innovation.

Need for E-Learning on Mobile Devices

New technologies are embraced for use without any understanding of their fullest potentials. It has become possible to design creative applications with the aid of powerful mobile devices. Training courses can be accessed anytime and from anywhere via mobile devices, providing an option for ubiquitous learning. M-learning is not a substitute for desktop-based learning, but acts as an added advantage to overall learning experience. Let us explore some of the popular benefits of mobile learning:

  • Short usage

Mobile devices have small user interface and best suited for short content. Therefore, usage time is less in comparison to desktop-based services.

  • Easier to use

Due to tiny interface, mobile device navigation design is kept simple, thus making it easy to use and handle.

  • Access to precise content

Due to short usage time, it is essential to provide precise learning content. The execution of video tutorials or direct navigation to learning content via mobile devices is important.

  • Media-support

Small screen size of mobiles is not suitable for lengthy training materials. Images with high graphics resolution cannot be recognized in detail. Audio seeks attention of more users, but from pedagogical perspective, learning from audio-only content is not as impactful as learning effect of audio-visual media.

While mobile learning does not require instructors to abandon the way they teach in a classroom, it might need few changes to how tailored apps are incorporated. It is essential for instructors to locate powerful tools and how to integrate them with training materials. Innovative mobile apps require a sense of balance to make them impactful and appropriate for digital learning