What do you remember about your school days? Sitting in a big classroom surrounded by other pupils, trying to memorize the information in your heavy textbook? Quickly taking notes on your teacher’s lecture to prepare for the big exam?
The traditional teacher-centered classroom lesson has some benefits but it’s no longer the only way to learn. As technology continues to develop, you have more choices when it comes to your education—among them is mobile learning.
What is Mobile Learning?
Mobile learning, or m-learning, is education that takes place on a mobile device, such as a cellphone or tablet. Since mobile devices are everywhere, this type of learning can be done anywhere—inside or outside the classroom—by learners of all ages. This list will focus on mobile learning outside the school walls.
What are the Benefits?
Convenience is probably the clearest advantage of mobile learning. With a mobile app, you can work through a lesson on the train to work, at a café on a Saturday afternoon, or even lounging in bed on a Sunday morning.
Mobile lessons are also usually divided into small, manageable parts, so you can go online whenever you have a few minutes, do some work, and put the lesson aside until your next free moment. This allows you to continue to make progress even if you don’t have a lot of time.
Mobile learning apps offer features to keep you organized. When you’re organized, you can clearly see your goals and the tasks you need to complete to reach those goals. Many mobile apps include reminders that prompt you to complete a task. In addition, progress trackers can motivate you as you see your accomplishments and the things you need to improve.
3. Learner Control
In a classroom, you generally have to keep on pace with the teacher and other students. Time for revision is limited as the class needs to stay on schedule. Mobile learning, on the other hand, is learner-centered, which offers more control. You can go through easier lessons more quickly and spend more time on difficult topics.
4. Enhanced Learning
A classroom lesson can be fun and engaging with the right teacher. But even the best instructor sometimes uses materials that are outdated, irrelevant, or just boring. Mobile learning offers up-to-date videos, podcasts, interactive displays, and games to enhance the learning experience. The use of multimedia can also improve memorization and comprehension.
As a mobile learner, all the support you need is available day or night. When you don’t understand an idea, you can quickly do an online search, find an explanation, then move on with the lesson. There are also online communities where you can chat with other learners, ask questions, and offer advice. Many mobile lessons also include one-on-one chats with a teacher or learning coach.
Learning continues to evolve and change. Education is now in the palm of your hand. With mobile learning, you can study on your own schedule, stay on track, work at your own speed, stay interested, and find support whenever you need it.