Benefits Of Mobile Learning
The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced many students and instructors into the world of distance education. Remote instruction and learning are definitely different from in-person methods and require some adjustment for those unaccustomed to using online or mobile learning. Yet remote learning can be incredibly versatile, using a variety of online and mobile technologies.
There are several potential benefits of mobile learning in education, as discussed more fully below.
Differentiating Between E-Learning and M-Learning
It is important to note that mobile learning (m-learning) is not the same as “e-learning.” E-learning refers to instruction delivered online, with students participating using their desktop or laptop computers. E-learning is generally structured to deliver in-depth information to students. E-learning is often used to impart information students may not use in practice until some point in the (potentially distant) future.
In contrast, m-learning refers to lessons or materials accessed using mobile phones or tablets. Information taught using m-learning is often concise snippets that the student is expected to use relatively quickly after the lesson is completed.
Advantages of Mobile Technology in Education
The benefits of m-learning include the following:
- Learn anywhere: With mobile-learning technologies, students no longer need to be tethered to their desks. They can learn on the go from virtually anywhere, as long as they have a compatible device and Internet connectivity.
- Ease of use: For the most part, today’s college students are comfortable using their mobile devices for all kinds of day-to-day tasks. It seems a natural extension to use them for distance-learning.
- Content variety: M-learning may include images, video files and audio files, helping drive engagement and participation.
- Higher retention: By keeping students motivated during lessons, chances are higher that they will retain more information.
- Learn across devices: Lessons designed for mobile learning can often be started on one device and completed on another, removing potential barriers and making it easier for students to complete their work.
Potential Uses for Mobile Learning
M-learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workforce, in a variety of industries and job functions. Employers recognize the benefits of providing compliance training, policy updates or continuing education on the go.
In education, m-learning is also growing in popularity. Some instructors rely on mobile learning platforms as a means for students to complete and submit homework assignments.
Instructors can also use m-learning to interact with students, using built-in discussion forums, through messaging capabilities, or by conducting mobile surveys periodically or at the end of each lesson.
Is Mobile Learning Right for Your Curriculum?
As you can see, there are many potential uses and advantages of mobile learning in education. Of course, there is never a “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to teaching, so it is important to explore various options and make informed decisions about distance-learning methods.
At Generations College in Chicago, we are proud to offer several fully online associate degree programs, helping working adults realize their dreams of finishing college. Contact us to learn more about our programs, about the advantages of m-learning, or for help setting up remote-learning!