How Do Mobile Devices make Learning Easier for Learners?

Mobile Devices are an integral part of our lives both in professional and personal. An average man starts the day with mobile device (alarm, news, social feeds) and end the day with it too. In 2017 BrightEdge research found that 57% of its online traffic came through mobile and tablet. Must add that those devices almost like a magic wand that pulls out tricks each time it is waved, in this case clicked/tapped. For users the attraction towards the mobile devices mostly owes to its handiness and the ever-expanding functionalities that it offers. So, from work to learning everything runs smoothly with the right mobile device. No wonder that, Mobile Accessibility is an important aspect in New Age eLearning too.

Essentially a mobile can handle anything from texts to calls to even complex software apps, and thanks to the application of AI and machine learning it is now capable of assisting users more than ever. So how can these affordances, the mobile devices and the inherent features make learning easier for learners?

Micro Learning

Delivering learning in smaller chunks makes learning easier for learning. Complex concepts can be divided into mini courses, designed as videos or interactives that can easily be accessed on mobile devices. While using micro learning helps the learners learn easily, accessibility on mobiles helps hem connect better due to the prevalence of device usage.

Reinforcement of Learning

We are all used to push notifications, one of the best way to keep us updated and more than often it acts as a reminder too. This feature can also be used to reinforce learning in form of revision modules, small assessments etc. Additional learning in form of case studies, live examples, tips etc. too can be easily delivered using mobile devices. This improves both learning and retention without making it too much of a compulsion to learners.

Just-in-time Learning

Mobiles are devices we keep by our sides at all the time. This aspect makes it the best device to deliver just-in-time learning or on the job support. While the course can be in any form, availability at the right time, ease of use and understanding would make it effective. Club this with other features like AR and VR, mobile devices can sure take performance support to the next level. Imagine a learner working on product installation and suddenly gets confused about a component, all he/she has to do is scan the image and search for answers. Mobile devices bring pretty much everything on the fingertips.

Social and Collaborative Learning

Social Media is quite an influence these days. From knowledge curation to sharing and discussions social media tools act as the platform for learning. And with the flexing policies in organizations, those are now accepted as a part of knowledge sharing and collaboration. Mobile devices make this easier as most users consume greater portion of data on mobiles than on any other device.

Apart from the four main features of learning on mobile devices, it also assists in personalization of learning, improved tracking, feedback and analytics. For learners, mobile devices make content sharing easier and even allow them to share self-generated content. Learning can be made more interesting and impactful by integrating the in-built features of mobile devices as used in many popular mobile games.

Mobile devices can also be used to nudge the learners towards learning using triggers, simple notifications etc. It can also be used to initiate the Flipped classroom model where in the concept is introduced forts through a course and then discussed to gain clarity and understanding. While this is mostly a mix of classroom training and eLearning, the discussions can also be done on mobile devices making it a completely mobile activity. Not to forget that the delivery format would essentially influence the impact too.

Mobile devices and learning definitely make learning easier for the learners. With the advancing technology very soon, mobiles may be the only device we need to handle all our tasks.

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Author:
Ashutosh (Ash as he is known as) is a passionate problem solver and loves building relationships. After spending 13+ years in eLearning and custom tech solutioning sales he co-founded Knowzies Technology Solutions to live his dreams of entrepreneurship. He has extensive experience in eLearning and Mobile Technologies and has helped many companies including few fortune 500 companies finding the most suitable solution. Ashutosh started his sales career in 2002 and went on to head global sales team for a leading Learning Solutions provider handling US, EU, APAC, MEA, and India. Currently, as a COO Ash wears multiple hats and is helping clients in implementing right eLearning, Mobile Learning and Custom Tech strategies. Ash is an eminent speaker and has delivered many webinars, represented global L& D events and have delivered speeches in few of them as a speaker. He has handled multiple teams of talented professionals over the years and worked with 100+ international clients and partners. Ash is highly popular as a cool mentor amongst the team and he believes in doing things right at first go. He takes pride in what he does and is highly pondered by the clients for his timely responses and addressing any critical situation with a cool mind. In free time, he loves to read and spend time with family and his 2 sons Naitik and Vihaan keep him on toes over weekends. He is a sports buff and loves watching all kind of sport especially Cricket and Football. He is fond of reading about various historical novels and loves traveling and meeting new people.

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