Figuring out how to manage mobile learning is hard. So we worked with the folks at Raptivity to see how they’re helping teachers tackle this Herculean task.
Technology is ubiquitous and so is its phantom. It has become a major guiding force in the training and education field with the advent of E-Learning and Mobile Learning. Of course, the journey hasn’t been as smooth as we imagine it to be. It has evolved over a period of time and is still overcoming the road bumps.
In fact, formal learning being the fundamental milestone for centuries, it has ingrained into our society. This makes adaptation of eLearning and mLearning per se inflexible. Mobile learning is struggling to get a fair chance. The challenges are plentiful and so are the solutions but are we open to them.
This type of learning involves dealing with intricate information in a supplementary and non-deliberate approach. For instance, it could be taught through activities in life such as watching someone use an iPad where the observer has never tried using it.
So, here the learner is not dependent on a formal setting of a classroom and the teacher to learn using an iPad.
Learning happening outside the formal learning system is not very clear to the masses. It is invisible and under-researched.
Up to today, most research has been focused on learning outcomes from the formal education system and training rather than all types of learning outcomes. This would have allowed visibility and feasibility of adjustment of such outcomes in the various learning systems.
The supporters of formal learning always doubt the credibility of mobile learning since evaluation of the lessons learnt is ambiguous.
Usually, formal learning is overwhelmed by assessment procedures such as written exams, viva voce, group and individual projects, etc. Proficiency of the learner is gauged at the end of a period of teaching, usually by comparing the performance to a set benchmark. Then, what about assessment of mobile learning?
Mobile technologies which record and track lessons are already here and can be used for assessing the learners’ progress. Appropriately designed adaptive training software can be used to evaluate and track learners on mobile devices.
Recording of learning success is opening up new and exciting ways with novel mobile learning technologies. Tracking and assessment of mobile learning is possible provided the courses are designed with that perspective.
The courses designed for mobile learning can also built using tools such as Raptivity. This rapid interactivity building tool allows the instructional designers and course creators to create rich interactive materials which easily fit into the different phases of the learning processes. For starters, Raptivity supports publication of these interactions in commonly used development technologies such as Flash® and HTML5.
The interactivity you create using Raptivity can be easily embedded in your eLearning or mLearning content through your favorite authoring tool.
An interaction can also be customized using Raptivity, and reuse it in another place, such as a PowerPoint presentation, a product web site, an online meeting or a help file. The HTML5 output of Raptivity is SCORM and AICC compliant which translates into easy and quick tracking and assessment of mobile learning.
This interaction building tool gives swift access to creation of instructionally sound mobile learning content and reduces the dependency on other tools and processes. Thus, it leads the eLearning domain with its foray in mobile learning.
What we expect from varied mobile learning technologies is that they support and enable both mobility and effective learning in the virtual and conventional classrooms. They need to enable learning experiences that are collaborative, accessible, and integrated with the world beyond the classroom.
Lastly, it is important to remember that technology is just a powerful tool but learning completely depends on sharing knowledge, people, places, activities and content delivered with the aid of technology.