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Mobile Learning Provides Education in an Accessible and Innovative Manner

 

Posted on Mon, 07/10/2013 - 13:20

Mobile learning is an innovative, accessible, and effective method for bringing education to people's fingertips. With a society centered around technology and multi-tasking, it's no wonder we didn't reach this point with education earlier. From iPhones to tablets, the majority of adults have some means to bring enrichment and knowledge to their lives without sitting in a classroom. While the traditionalists among you may be turning up your nose at the lack of personal interaction and communication this encourages, not so fast. With mobile learning, individuals worldwide are able to sit in on video lectures, take quizzes, and interact with their peers, regardless of the time zone.

Additionally, mobile learning provides the opportunity for more innovative ways of learning. Through various types of software and multimedia enhancements as well as collaborating with social media outlets, students will be greeted with a whole new way of learning. Mobile learning allows for more interaction between students and teachers as well as the capability to learn on the go. HTML5 has made it so language and images transfer at a higher quality and level of understanding for people and computers alike while also helping the most popular mobile platforms (Apple, Android, and Microsoft Windows) read data more efficiently.

HTML5 and Mobile Learning

The development of the fifth revision of the HTML standard is huge to the eLearning world. With the capability to transfer existing content to HTML5, you will be able to have a more standardized format, which directly affects the ease and accessibility of mobile learning. Various features of HTML5 will allow readers to become more engaged; examples include connected mobile opportunities, animations that encourage reader participation, interactive quizzes, and enhanced social collaboration with others. HTML5 allows readers and students to be receiving the same lesson and experience, regardless of their operating system or device. This not only encourages participation, but it also helps promote a more streamlined experience.

Benefits of Mobile Learning

Whether we like it or not, technology is shaping the way we approach learning and knowledge. From smartphones to tablets, the way we access information and gain knowledge is now dictated by our mobile devices. Thankfully, this is a good thing when it comes to providing education to the masses. Mobile learning provides opportunities for education beyond the traditional classroom setting, encouraging more people to seek knowledge, as unconventional as it may seem. With mobile learning comes innovative learning and teaching practices, and many other benefits:

  • Access - one of the top benefits to mobile learning is the amount of access it allows; to content, peers, experts, teachers, credible sources, etc.
  • Collaboration - the cloud allows us all to have access to data sources, learning materials, and project outlines instantaneously. This allows the learner to obtain more information faster. The speed of knowledge being acquired promotes more collaboration, as learners are able to process more information and then continue the cycle.
  • Learning by doing - mobile learning encourages progressive learning, or 'play learning', because it incorporates various interactive experiences. This is great, especially for hands-on learners.
  • Engaged learning - mobile learning blends various learning methods, all of which require readers to be engaged, mostly through verbal and desktop communication.
  • Improved learner confidence and communication - mobile learning requires readers to interact with others through various platforms. It also helps learner confidence, because most mobile learning methods are in shorter chunks, which allow the information to stick.

 

There are a number of benefits to mobile learning, especially in today's technology-centric society. Mobile learning practices allow individuals to seek knowledge whenever they like, instead of limiting the information intake to a certain time of the day. As knowledge is power, this move towards mobile learning in a more streamlined way will help bring information to the masses in a fun, innovative manner.