Gaining Speed Through Mobile Learning
After dropping my son to school, early in the morning, on my way back I was chatting to a fellow-parent from the school when she said that she needs to attend some training within 2 minutes. Despite myself being from the e-learning industry I was somewhat baffled by her sudden announcement because we had a quite a long way to walk before we could catch the tram. But in-between our little talk she just smiled and waved goodbye to me and within seconds plugged in her headphone and there she was joining her training, walking beside me but not really there.
This is the reality of the fast paced mobile learning which we are talking about, today. A market research report published on January 2020 by Metaari revealed that only mobile learning industry is likely to reach an astounding figure of $42.7 billion by 2025. Going by the trend, we also think that is certainly a possibility.
Learning with Apps
There is an App for everything in your smartphone. You watch movies, check your health, interact with friends, and order food all through different apps. So, why not learning too?
Recent research has shown that the modern learners’ inclination and reliance on the various apps had made it possible for mobile learning to reach to online learners instantly. Like my friend from my son’s school online learners can just click the app and get connected anywhere and anytime.
Mobile apps can now connect an entire classroom via video chats and this includes various in-call features such as raising hands for questions of in call chats where you can discuss amongst the members to clear doubts.
Along with this various virtual blackboards and presentation, tools allow educators and faculty members to flawlessly connect with their students on a close one on one basis. This dramatically eases the experience of both teachers and students during the learning process.
Not Just a Smaller Screen
The mobile devices might be smaller than a tablet or a laptop. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the learning will be less effective on a smartphone. Experts believe that the users of smartphones are habituated to the screen size and with the new-age consumption habit has made it possible for the learners to learn and grasp the concepts easily.
Socialising and Community Learning
Learning in groups has been proven to be more successful than learning in isolation. It allows learners to explore their doubts and discuss the practical applications of the knowledge they gain throughout the course.
A lot of gamification techniques and scenario-based learning techniques are based on group learning where 5-6 learners together face a challenge or similar scenario that they need to solve using skills gained during their online learning experience.
M-learning plays a significant role in being the adhesive that links these aspects of a virtual course flawlessly. Learners can game and compete over a quiz to win a reward and also remain in contact with their groups on personal chats using learning platforms.
Superior Data Collection
Mobile apps use new-age technology that keeps on innovating and creating new tools and methods to connect more closely with learners using virtual means. The technology has improved to such an extent that it is now possible for educators to give their learners one on one attention if their data shows that their progress through the course is lagging.
This superior amount of data collection and better knowledge about your learners can help you personalize your approach towards their learning and create an experience where there are zero constraints due to the virtual gap.
Many e-teachers have faced challenge in retaining their learners. Most of the times the learners come for one specific course, and then they leave. That is why, app-based features like sending notification is something which has become quite trendy in the mobile learning environment.
Online academies now can send direct notifications, to previously registered users, whenever there are new courses which match their type and interest. In this way the e-educators can sell their courses more by pitching the same to the previous clients.