Benefits and Limitations of Mobile Learning

According to Ericsson’s forecast, 80% of the world’s population (6.4 billion people) will be Smartphone users by 2021. Another report states that more than four out of five workers now access their work related documents on the move.

This paradigm shift calls for a need to adopt m-learning to train the current Gen workforce. Lots of efforts are already being made to convert huge legacy courses to a mobile-friendly HTML5 format. But is it all just good about m Learning? How much do you know about the limitations of m Learning? This blog aims to show the two sides of the m Learning dime, highlighting its features while at the same time, pointing out its limitations to be an effective learning strategy.

Let’s start with the good things first. Listed here are the USPs of M learning as a learning support tool

1. Provides Easy access: Mobile learning provides easy access to learning anyplace, anytime, making it more convenient to learners. Learners have the advantage of spending their time spent on traveling, between meetings or during weekends focusing on the subject they want to learn.
2. Facilitates Collaborative Learning: M Learning encourages collaborative learning, allowing learners at different locations to get in touch with their peers or others teams to discuss and learn. Social learning is a happening trend which creates a sense of competition and cooperation, which will lock the learners’ attention towards the course.
3. Boosts Learner engagement: Training at the workplace mostly consists of verbal and desktop communication, but adapting mobile learning can bring several opportunities to engage the learner on a digital and social level outside of the work. This new dimension will erase the sense of boredom in learners’ mind about the course.
4. Encourages Self-paced Learning: No two learners are the same. Each one has his or her own way of understanding the content to learn. With mobile learning, learners are now able to learn in their own style, at their own pace. In a classroom scenario, occasionally, there will be a few learners who wouldn’t have understood the concepts clearly but hesitate to ask for a re-explanation. In mobile learning, nobody knows or cares how many times you revisit the course, which gives you the freedom to do it until you have understood it all.
5. Address all learning styles: Mobile learning can fit different learning styles as it allows learners to do the following:
  •   Reading
  •   Learning through videos
  •   Listening to podcasts (Audio)
  •   Research on the Internet
Mobile learning standouts as a great resource to facilitate better learning, as long as you pledge to keep its limitations in mind while designing one. Mobile technology helped us by bringing a lot of distant things up-close and has the potential to do the same with our learning programs. With the future of more and more mobile workforce, m Learning could be a savior for many. What do you think?
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The Top Benefits of Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is the new era of training or learning that seems to have many takers for its ease of use and portability options. In simple terms, portability and connectivity to information sources are the cornerstones of M Learning. And this feature of it has caught the eye of many organizations to train their employees.

The primary mobile devices used to facilitate mobile learning include the following:

Smartphones
iPads and other tablet devices
PDAs

An essential characteristic of mobile learning includes anytime and anywhere access to content. It has the ability to deliver just-in-time knowledge at the point of need. This feature reduces learner’s dependency on a fixed learning location.