The idea of implementing mobile learning into a course or instruction may be daunting for many educators. They may assume that mobile learning (aka m-learning) is too complicated and so decide to stick to the methods they have more experience with. Besides, the old fashioned methods of learning have worked for centuries, so what’s the need for change?
However, the initial anxiety is quickly overcome once people realize the huge advantages that are gained from using m-learning.
Mobile learning content is easily accessible. The number of people who have access to a smartphone is growing every minute. With the technology readily available to such a large number of students already, it would be short-sighted not to take advantage of its potential for learning.
It’s simple not only for students to access m-learning content, but also for teachers to upload their content, which can then be easily updated and reviewed. Furthermore, thanks to mobile apps like Quipper, learning content can be used at home, at school, on the bus and anywhere else, meaning that there’s more time and opportunity for students learn. It also has the benefit that they don’t have to carry around large books and writing equipment.
This is a major advantage of m-learning. Forget the generic learning quizzes that were used to test knowledge before. Now teachers are able to custom-build their own content, making it specific to their students and their learning needs. This means learning content can be highly tailored to niche needs, leaving behind old standards of the mass market: with mobile learning, students are able to learn exactly what they need to.
Easy To Check Progress
This is a key benefit to teachers. Gone are the days where they must sit for hours marking endless numbers of books. Mobile learning makes it simple to track each child’s individual progress online. It shows them what tasks were completed and what score they got simply and clearly on one page (which could be the end of excuses for not having done homework!).
This is what makes learning content interesting. Without variety students are likely to get bored, lose focus and therefore under-perform. Teachers can use mobile learning to break up their lessons, giving students something different to do other than listening to lectures or taking notes. Students are able to actively engage in their learning in a new way. There’s also a range of activities that can be completed on a mobile learning device. Online presentations, educational videos, discussion forums and online tests or quizzes are just a few of the options that can be employed. This huge level of variety is something that makes mobile learning fun, engaging and rewarding for both students and teachers.