M-learning, which is used to supplement ILT and eLearning programs, is evolving rapidly. This is because of incredible devices like smartphones, iPads, etc. that are flooding the market. These devices have completely changed the way information is conceived, and it is difficult to ignore them.
As we know, mobile learning is learning facilitated through mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, etc., without the learner being obliged to stay at a fixed location.
People have started using their mobile devices for activities that are beyond voice communication. They use Google Maps to help them find their way to a new place, they do their banking online, they purchase tickets for cinemas online and they seek information online. This being the case, can we ignore its potential in formal learning?
The popularity of advanced touchscreen mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets etc., is widely increasing worldwide. These advanced mobile devices offer such an excellent and fast accessibility that, like any other fields, they find applications even in the realm of learning. According to Towards Maturity, Benchmark Study 2012–2013, about 70% of the organizations are planning to implement mobile learning in the next two years.
It is amazing what one can do with mobile devices these days! Last Saturday, I had the chance to attend one of the TEDx talks organized by a local chapter. The talks were inspiring, true to the spirit of TED. In addition to the ideas shared by the speakers, I ended up getting first-hand demonstration on the power of mobile devices.
“Teaching is like an orchestra. There are many different instruments, and to reach everyone you need to put a symphony of different kinds of pedagogy together. Learning technologies provide a set of instruments teachers can use to achieve that range of instructional strategies.”
- Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The radical developments in the field of IT have paved the way for the emergence of Web 2.0. Organizations around the world quickly realized the learning potential of this new web paradigm. Enterprise 2.0 is the term used to describe the synergy of Web 2.0 and modern business enterprises. This new development has opened the floodgates of learning in the corporate world. It helps companies to:
Mobile learning today is a buzz because of its important features like convenient and easy access, just-in-time learning and byte-sized modules. It is therefore, not surprising that mobile technology is integrating an employee’s work life with his need for study and leisure.
Converting the existing eLearning content to mobile format does not happen just on a click!
With the advent of different tools that can publish the eLearning courses to HTML 5 format, organizations started seeing mLearning as just an eLearning on smaller screen, which is not true. The design requirements of a desktop eLearning are very different from mobile Learning.
This is the third post in a series of “Roadmap from eLearning to mLearning – Content, Technology and Costs“. In case you missed the previous post, here it is “10 Benefits of Mobile Learning“.