Mobile learning is defined as learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices. A form of distance education, mlearners use mobile device educational technology at their time convenience. Mlearning technologies include handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones and tablets.
Mobile learning focuses on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies. Using mobile tools for creating learning aids and materials becomes an important part of informal learning.
Mobile learning is convenient in that it is accessible from virtually anywhere. Sharing is almost instantaneous among everyone using the same content, which leads to the reception of instant feedback and tips. This highly active process has proven to increase exam scores from the fiftieth to the seventieth percentile, and cut the dropout rate in technical fields by 22 percent. Mobile learning also brings strong portability by replacing books and notes with small devices, filled with tailored learning contents.
Over the past ten years mobile learning has grown from a minor research interest to a set of significant projects in schools, workplaces, museums, cities and rural areas around the world. The m-learning community is still fragmented, with different national perspectives, differences between academia and industry, and between the school, higher education and lifelong learning sectors. Possible future applications for mobile learning include location based learning, augmented reality, wearable learning, learning implants, and ambient intelligence. Advancements in mobile learning will require a change from traditional classroom pedagogical approaches to a digital pedagogical approach that will suit mobile learners.
Reasons for moving towards mobile-based learning.
Deliver key data
Mobile devices are always on, close at hand, and connected, meaning employees are ready to access relevant information at any time. Mobile devices are the perfect resources for just-in-time (JIT) training including refresher modules focused on teaching product specifications, pricing details, and time-sensitive information. All of this leads to increased skills and knowledge that boosts employee performance, helps with decision making processes, and ensures customer satisfaction.
With the greater mobility of staff, training opportunities onsite are rapidly diminishing. In addition, frequent travel or working on the move means that your staff is spending significant amounts of time away from locations where they have access to laptop or desktop computers. mlearning provides an ideal solution for this issue, particularly for industries that must cope with constant changes, by making it easy to disseminate learning materials to employees, partners, or anyone else who may need them. mlearning may apply to every type of learning from product and sales training to marketing, IT and organizational compliance.
Mobile learning fits into even the most busy of schedules by requiring much less time than instructor-led training or lengthy elearning programs. Instead of taking an entire course just to find out a few vital pieces of information, learners can take just the required training modules themselves as exempt from continuing by showing competency in a pre-test. This can reduce the amount of time needed to dedicate to training by up to 50 percent, minimizing both productivity losses and lost opportunity costs.
More empowerment rate
Empowering individuals to develop skills as this often leads to higher employee motivation and reduced staff turnover, reducing recruitment costs. With higher retention rate of knowledge, employees can access information whenever they need it and archive notes for later reference. Mobile devices have been found in improve engagement with learning. An easier learning process and it is more attractive and acceptable to disenfranchised employees than traditionally learning methods. Mobile learning removes the sense of formality attached to education that non-traditional learners find unattractive.
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