We generally come across some people who hold some vague or wrong notions about m-learning. Little do they realize what the realities of m-learning are. Let’s see some of the myths and realities of m-learning.
- Improper learning due to inappropriate screen size: Many believe that the learning is not effective on mobiles, as it is with laptops. The screen size is too small for the content to fit in. And you need to keep scrolling constantly and strain yourself to learn on mobiles.
- Not as secure as online learning content: Mobile phones cannot be completely relied upon as they may be stolen, broken, lost, damaged or they may simply hang. Mobile devices are expensive for their size and thus easily fall prey to theft. They are also easy to lose or damage.
- No consistent standards for delivering m-learning: SCORM is considered as a standard for eLearning products. But very few are aware that SCORM compliance is not a necessity for delivering m-learning.
- Mobiles – devices of distraction: The primary purpose of mobiles is communication and so they are regarded as the devices of distraction. They keep drawing you away from learning and concentrating, each time you receive a call or a text.
- Content to-the-point: Content is designed in the form of bite sized chunks, which is the best way to deliver content on small screen. This is a transmission approach in mobile learning, where an instructor imparts the knowledge, via a mobile device, to the learner. Another approach called holistic approach, which engages the learner through videos, audios and other features of mobile devices.
- More personal: Mobile learning is more personalized. It benefits the learners from their ability to access content easily and revisit the concepts when needed, or in any convenient schedule. Mobile devices today, in a short period of time, have grown substantially. Many of today’s devices have multi-touch support, full qwerty keypads and large usable screens.
- Easy delivery: SCORM compliance is not a necessity for delivering m-learning.With the development of other frameworks like HTML5, etc and various app stores like android, iOS etc, mobiles have become more or less like laptops. Content is now becoming mobile-friendly.
- Networked and more interactive: Mobiles with notification features turned on, may sustain the concentration so the fault does not lie not in the mobile device, but in the mobile usage. After all the proper use of technology in any given context, is a socially negotiable process.
Although learning through mobiles is easy, free from anxiety and worry posing no difficulty, it can only deliver bits-and-pieces kind of learning, if the learner is not serious about the learning. Once the learner has the course on his mobile, doesn’t mean he has learnt the course. The learner must find some time and take up the learning activity.
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I would like to pick your brains with a quick question on compliance assessment.
In your experience with assessing compliance topics, is it OK to let learners keep repeating a quiz until they achieve 100%?