Publishers And Mobile Learning
The widespread use of mobile devices enables on-the-go learning and handheld at any place, at any time. Mobile Learning is known by many different names, such as mLearning, uLearning, personalized learning etc. With a variety of tools and resources available, mobile learning provides increased options for the personalization of learning. It is the ‘mobile’ aspect of mobile learning that makes it stand apart from other types of learning.
One reason why publishers should place emphasis and importance on engaging business and corporate professionals through mobile learning is because of a rapidly changing information environment. This is a key insight for publishers, as the need to provide corresponding mobile content will become essential for effective, continual engagement with target audiences. Likewise, the transition to mobile will create several benefits for both business professionals and publishers.
The 2009 Horizon report predicted mobile learning to be an important development for digital learning and by 2016, the use of mobile device in education world would outnumber the use of computers. According to reports, mobile learning is projected to be a $38 billion industry by 2020. With the help of advanced mobile devices and well-designed instructional strategies m-training is enabling the learners to be more engaged and significantly gain more knowledge.
The very nature of online inter connectivity, extending the publisher’s reach and increase in brand influence beyond that of traditional print means is mobile access to content.There is a role for publishers to foster the development of mobile digital literacy. Publishers embracing mobile learning programs need to ensure that the content is adequately developed in order to achieve better learning outcomes with mobile devices and sustain the learning across all contexts.
Traditional digital learning (e-learning) has mostly taken the form of using a learning management system. Course content is totally decided by the instructors. After the implementation of mobile learning, learners performed better because the learning content was more tangible and related concepts were easier to grasp.
Accessibility in reference to m-learning, means that, during the course design process, the unique needs of learners are considered in order to guarantee that the majority of the users will be able to utilize the learning management system, the course and all course content.
M-learning can enhance learning by putting students in a real context and create new learning environments. Students may maximize their acquisition of skills, competencies and optimize their time of studying.
The use of mobile learning may have positive contributions to make with the following advantages –
- As flexibility is not limited to any one place or time, it gives extensibility to learners.
- Mobile learning content is immense, chunk sized and concise enabling learners to complete courses and initiate the next course as well.
- One of the advantages mobile learning offers is that of personalization, which adds to the sense of engagement and motivation of the users, helping learners stay on track with their training resulting in lesser dropouts.
- A learning path is established with Phone based reminders and organizers are integrated with the m Learning platforms.
- Establishment of online learning communities engages learners where more effective learning takes place.
- Mobile learning helps learners to improve their literacy and numeracy skills and to recognize their existing abilities.
Most training programs already use a mobile-friendly learning management system to host their e Learning programs. Handytrain is a mobile platform aiming to slash training expenses, enable training in idle time, train staff across various geographies and linguistics, and crunch comprehensive training material into bite-sized training modules accessible via mobile phones. The custom mobile learning solutions works for both formal and informal learning. The learning strategies are crafted in such a way that works for both individual learners as well as for collaborative (social) learning.